As BIG football fans, your South Carolina accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC have posted numerous articles concerning America's most watched sport. Until now, however, posts have dealt primarily with player safety on the field; head injuries in the NFL and dangerously hot summer high school practices. Unfortunately today's post discusses a well-publicized tragedy surrounding the Dallas Cowboys and a fatal auto accident involving two of its defensive players.
Early last Saturday morning the two players were traveling on a State Highway 114 service road in Texas. According to Irving, Texas police, the 2007 Mercedes struck the outside curb, flipped at least once, and skidded an estimated 900 feet before coming to a stop in the middle of the road. The auto accident resulted in the wrongful death of one of the players, a 25-year-old linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad.
The driver of the vehicle, a nose tackle on the team, submitted to a field-sobriety test and was ultimately arrested at the scene of the accident, and later charged with intoxicated manslaughter, a second-degree felony charge that, if found guilty, carries a possible prison sentence of two to 20 years. Police have stated the the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on the road, which has 45-mph posted speed limit.