Last month, Dallas Cowboy's defense lineman, Josh Brent, was charged with intoxication manslaughter after he crashed his car, killing his teammate Jerry Brown. As with many drunk driving fatalities, Brent had a history of driving while intoxicated. If Brent was legally intoxicated at the time of this crash, Brent may also face a hefty civil personal injury lawsuit from Brown's family for both compensatory and punitive damages.
According to police, Brent was driving his Mercedes Benz at a high rate of speed during the early morning hours of December 8, 2012 when he hit a curb and flipped the car. His passenger and teammate, Jerry Brown, was found unresponsive at the scene. He was pronounced dead later that morning in the hospital.
At the crash scene, Brent was given a sobriety test--which he failed. Brent has a history of drunk driving dating back to his years at the University of Illinois. In 2009, Brent was arrested near campus for DUI. After pleading guilty, Brent was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years of probation. If convicted for this latest offense, Brown will face between two and twenty years in prison, along with a maximum $10,000 fine.