Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 14 , 2013 – Driving while impaired recently took the life of a pro-footballer. The dead player was a passenger.
“No one is immune from the consequences of drunken driving,” stated Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “This case is a prime example of what can go wrong at anytime, with anyone, whether they are star athletes or not. The very simple lesson here is do not drink and drive and expect no repercussions.”
Texas was in shock when they heard the news that Dallas Cowboys Josh Price-Brent, had been charged with intoxication manslaughter, as a result of a wreck that killed his best friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. It was, in some ways, a typical story of two young men out for a good time, drinking and having fun, then later, driving while under the influence and speeding, because Price-Brent thought he could handle the vehicle. His passenger, made the decision to ride with him in that state.
“What happened that night is that Price-Brent was hurtling down Highway 114, when he clipped the curb, which flipped the vehicle over, landing it upside down on a service road. When the police got there, Price-Brent failed the sobriety test and was arrested. His friend and teammate, 25-year-old Jerry Brown, was rushed to hospital. He did not survive his injuries,” explained Lee. Price-Brent may face a second-degree felony conviction, which could result in a prison sentence.
Even with the severity of this incident, the court lowered Price-Brent’s bond, ordered he wear an e-ankle monitor, refrain from drinking and be fitted with a SCRAM device. If he violates any of the terms set out by the court, he heads back to jail. “This was a tough way to learn a lesson about drinking and driving, and truth be told, the man likely knew he should not have been driving while impaired. Nevertheless, he chose to do so anyway and the end result of that negligence was the death of his friend,” said Lee.
Was drinking to excess and driving the right thing to do? “No,” Lee pointed out, “because it always has a bad outcome, now or later, either for the drinker and/or another innocent person who gets in the way of the drunk. DWI is serious and I take it seriously in my practice. If you have been injured in a crash involving a drunken driver, I am available to answer your questions.”
Lee, Gober and Reyna
11824 Jollyville Road, Suite 302
Austin, Texas 78759