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Driver arrested in death of Riverview boy, 9, in case parents call texting while driving

Gregory M. Andriotis, 34, of Deltona was arrested Tuesday and charged with vehicular homicide in a 2016 crash on Interstate 75 that killed 9-year-old Logan Scherer of Riverview. [Volusia County Corrections]
Published Mar. 1, 2018

Seventeen months after he slammed into the back of a family's Mazda on Interstate 75, killing a 9-year-old Riverview boy, a Deltona man has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the crash, records show.

Gregory Andriotis, 34, was arrested in Volusia County on Tuesday on a Hernando County warrant, records show. Andriotis was driving his 2012 Hyundai sedan "in reckless manner" on Sept. 15, 2016, causing the death of Logan Andrew Scherer and injuring his parents and younger sister, the warrant says.

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That day, Andriotis was driving north on the interstate about 3:30 p.m. when he failed to stop for traffic that had slowed near State Road 50 exit because of an earlier crash, according to details previously released by the Highway Patrol.

The Hyundai crashed into the back of the Scherer family's 2016 Mazda sport utility vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash involving four other cars.

Logan, a fourth grader at Symmes Elementary who liked comic books and Walt Disney World, was sitting in the backseat and died almost immediately, records show. His father, Jordan Scherer, was driving the Mazda, and his mother Brooke and then-5-year-old sister Mallory were passengers. All were treated at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Andriotis is also charged with three counts of reckless driving resulting serious bodily injury. He was booked into the Volusia County jail and later released. He could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

The reason for the delay in the arrest is unclear. The warrant does not include additional details and the assistant state attorney on the case, Bill Catto, declined Thursday to provide more information.

Andriotis' arrest comes in the same week that Jordan and Brooke Scherer are in Tallahassee lobbying state lawmakers for tougher texting-while-driving laws. The couple is in the process of launching a nonprofit advice organization called Living for Logan to advocate for tougher laws.

The group's Facebook page says that Andriotis "was so distracted by his phone that he failed to see the brake lights for nearly 1/4 mile."

A bill that would allow police to pull drivers over for texting has stalled this session.

RELATED: Senator slams the brakes on 'texting while driving' bill

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Contact Tony Marrero at or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.


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