A player for the Dallas Cowboys may be facing a wrongful death suit due to an auto accident he allegedly caused that resulted in the death of one of his teammates. The drunk-driving accident occurred when defensive lineman Josh Brent and practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown were traveling through the Dallas suburbs in the early-morning hours on Dec. 8. According to investigators, Brent was speeding when he hit a curb that caused the car to flip over. When police arrived, Brent was pulling 25-year-old Brown from the Mercedes, which was on fire.
A field sobriety test was conducted on Brent at the scene, and officers arrested him on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The charge was later upgraded to intoxication manslaughter after Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital. Blood was drawn from Brent for analysis, but his blood-alcohol level was not reported.
This is not the first time Brent has been charged with drunk driving. In February 2009, he was arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois. He pled guilty to a DUI charge in June 2009 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, and two years of probation. If convicted of intoxication manslaughter, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
This recent crash is a sad reminder for Texans that the life-altering consequences of reckless or negligent driving are far-reaching. Victims or their families have the option of taking the responsible party to court, both to obtain compensation and to help prevent similar situations from devastating other families.
Source: MySanAntonio.com, "Cowboy charged after player dies in auto accident," Schuyler Dixon, Dec. 9, 2012