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Cowboy death: Witness says Josh Brent abandoned Jerry Brown, rescued him after being begged

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The Associated Press Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a member of the team’s practice squad.

DALLAS—A witness to Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent’s car crash has come forward and says that Brent did not do enough to rescue and comfort teammate Jerry Brown.

Brown was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Brent is now facing charges of intoxicated manslaughter.

“Jerry was alive. He was hurt. He was calling out and his own friend walked away,” she recalled in a phone call on Monday.

Brent’s attorney, George Milner, refutes her account.

“That is absolutely false,” he said in an interview on Monday afternoon. “That’s not even consistent with what the police said when they came up on the scene. What I’ve been told is that Jerry Brown was never conscious after the accident. She’s a nut and she better be careful with this one.”


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The witness, who lives in Irving, Texas, was driving home from her birthday party on early Saturday morning when she saw Brent’s 2007 Mercedes upside-down and starting to catch fire near State Highway 114 and Loop 12. She pulled over her car and got out to help Brent, a man who she didn’t recognize. And what she saw haunts her.

“I jumped out and ran out toward the wreck and Josh Brent was standing to the side in the grass,” she said. “And I yelled to him, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’ And he told me he was fine. I was relieved because I thought it’s just a single-car accident, nobody’s hurt. And then fire sparked up from the car and got bigger and I started to hear screams.”

As the fire grew, she says she begged Brent to help the car’s passenger. She shouted to him from the left lane, as he stood on the right lane. The damaged, burning car was between them.

“He looked at me and said, ‘He won’t get out of the car.’ And I said, ‘Get him out of the car. You have to save him.’”

She says she continued to plead with Brent, but he wouldn’t listen. She ran to her car to get her phone, so she could call 911. When she returned to the scene of the crash, Brown was lying in the middle of the far right lane and Brent had walked away.

“He did nothing,” she said. “He didn’t say come on, hang in there, hold his hand. That’s what upsets me the most at this point. He abandoned him.”

She said that Brent was likely in shock following the accident, but said she found his actions to be disturbing. “I’m sure he was because he is human,” she said. “He may have been in shock, but he was very coherent at the time.”

She said she was about 20 to 30 feet from Brown and could not get closer because the car was ablaze and she feared it might explode. He seemed to move his head and arms, but did not respond once emergency responders arrived.

“It was like something out of the worst horror movie you can imagine,” she said. “I knew he was dying and there was nothing I could do.” – Sports