Goodrich ordered to pay $6M for hit-and-run

8/15/2006 - Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS -- An ex-Dallas Cowboy convicted in a deadly 2003
hit-and-run was ordered to pay $6 million Tuesday in a civil trial
filed by the victims and their families.

A Dallas County jury said former defensive back Dwayne Goodrich
was negligent for the crash that killed two people and injured a
third man.

Demont Matthews, Joseph Wood and Shuki Josef were on Interstate
35 trying to pull a driver from a burning vehicle when they were
struck by Goodrich's car.

According to witnesses, Goodrich was driving a BMW that veered
onto the shoulder and sped through the scene, killing Matthews, 23,
and Wood, 21, and injuring Josef.

In November, Goodrich pleaded guilty to three counts of failure
to stop and render aid. He later was sentenced to five years in
prison, in addition to a 7½ year term Goodrich received following
his conviction of criminally negligent homicide.

Jurors decided that Silver City Cabaret, the strip club Goodrich
left just before the accident, wasn't negligent.