- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2003

DALLAS, March 11 (UPI) — Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was indicted Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed two good Samaritans trying to pull an injured motorist from a burning car.

A Dallas County grand jury indicted Goodrich on two charges of manslaughter, three charges of failure to render aid and one of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remained free on $65,000 bond and his trial was tentatively scheduled June 9.

A manslaughter conviction carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and a conviction on the failure to render aid charge up to five years in prison.

Demont Matthews, 23, and Joseph Wood, 21, were fatally injured Jan. 14 on a north Dallas freeway. A third Samaritan was hit but he survived with a broken leg. The burned driver also recovered.

Witnesses said a BMW traveling in excess of 100 mph drove between the burning car parked along the side of the road and a concrete barrier. Police investigators found no sign of skid marks that would indicate the driver made an attempt to stop.

Goodrich, who turned himself into police, said he thought he had struck some debris along the roadway, according to his lawyer. Police investigators have since found hair and tissue on the windshield of the car involved in the accident.

Goodrich's attorney said his client was remorseful and ready to accept responsibility when he learned what had really happened.




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