Jerry Brown, a professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys, was killed in a single-vehicle car accident in Texas on Saturday. In the vehicle with him at the time was his teammate Josh Brent who was charged with intoxication and later manslaughter.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz told reporters that the accident happened at about 2:20 a.m. in a Dallas suburb. Brent was speeding and his vehicle hit a curb then flipped at least once.
When authorities arrived at the scene they witnessed Brent pulling out Brown from a Mercedes. And authorities rushed to help put out the fiery blaze that was caused by the crash. They discovered that Brown was unresponsive and proceeded to transport him to the hospital. Doctors did what they could but declared him dead.
The road has a posted speed limit of forty-five miles per hour. While the spokesman is not sure at what speed the vehicle was traveling, he alleged that it was above the speed limit.
“I can say investigators are certain they were travelling well above the posted speed limit,” Argumaniz said.
Practice-squad linebacker Brown, 25-years-old, and Brent had been teammates for three seasons at the University of Illinois.
Argumaniz told the press that upon coming to contact with Brent, authorities decided to give him a field sobriety test but Brent failed to pass. Once the news of Brown’s death reached authorities, the charge was upgraded.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”
Prior to being admitted to jail, Brent was taken to the hospital where he was treated for scrapes and injuries. Blood was also drawn for alcohol testing. Champaign County, Ill., court records show that Brent was arrested in February 2009 near the Illinois campus for driving under the influence.
Brent, or as the police news release refers to him, Joshua Price-Brent, will be held without bond. The spokesman said that Brent identified himself as a player for the Cowboys when he was being interrogated by the police. The police spokesman said that Brent, because of being intoxicated, missed a 10 a.m. booking session with a judge.
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