- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003

DALLAS, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Police have recovered blood and hair samples from the windshield of a car driven by a Dallas Cowboys player charged with manslaughter in a deadly hit-and-run accident, court records show.

Dwayne Goodrich told police through his attorney that he thought he struck only some debris when two good Samaritans were killed Jan. 14 on a Dallas freeway. He is free on $50,000 bond, facing two counts of manslaughter.

Demont Matthews, 23, and Joseph Wood, 21, were helping an injured man in a burning car when they were hit and killed by a car witnesses said was traveling more than 100 mph.

Goodrich, 24, surrendered turned himself into Dallas police later in the day. He could face up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted on the second-degree felony manslaughter charges.

In addition to the blood and hair samples, police found tissue and hair underneath weather stripping near the windshield, according to court records released Wednesday. They also found fiber and hair near the right headlight of the 2002 BMW 745i.

Goodrich told police he was the driver of the car, according to the records.

Goodrich's attorney would not discuss the facts of the case. He has said that his client was remorseful and ready to accept responsibility when he learned people had been hurt in the accident.

Wood and Matthews had pulled off the freeway to help the driver the car that had burst into flames after read-ending a parked truck. They joined a third man who was also trying to assist at the accident scene. The third rescuer suffered a broken leg and driver is recovering from burns.

Goodrich, a cornerback, was a second-round draft pick of the Cowboys out of Tennessee in 2000. A torn Achilles tendon suffered in training camp ended his second year and he played in 11 games this past season, starting only once.




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