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

Updated: August 15, 2006, 5:55 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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