Jerry Brown, the Dallas Cowboy practice squad member who lost his life on Dec. 8 at the hands of best friend, roommate and fellow Cowboy Josh Brent, was not legally intoxicated at the time of the crash. This report came out Thursday morning from the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office.
An autopsy listed Brown’s cause of death was from a dislocated neck and bruised spine. His blood alcohol content was .056, still below Texas’ .08 legal limit. Brent’s, meanwhile, was more than twice the limit with a BAC of .189.
Brent has been charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter, a charge which carries a maximum 20-year sentence. Brent remains free on $100,000 bond.
In an era when even the hardest drunks are shying away from getting behind the wheel, do we really need designated passengers to die so the drunks can walk away from the wreck? In an era when you can be pulled over without wearing a seatbelt, could a seatbelt have saved Brown’s life? Police reported that neither Brown nor Brent were buckled at the time of the crash.
So simple a scenario: Brent tosses the keys to his Mercedes to Brown, both men put on seatbelts and arrive home safely.
Hindsight being 20/20, I bet Brent is wishing he could have that night back, the one where he caused the death of his best friend.