In December 2012, Jerry Brown, a player on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad was killed in an accident in which the driver was intoxicated. The driver was another Dallas Cowboys player, Josh Brent.

According to a Jan. 7, 2013, article in USA Today, Brent and Brown were teammates while at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Before the fatal accident, Brent was helping Brown get used to life in the National Football League.

The accident occurred about 2:30 a.m., and police reported that Brent was speeding when the Mercedez-Benz flipped after hitting a curb. When police arrived on the scene of the accident, they reported that Brent was trying to pull Brown out of the crash wreckage. Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Brent was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter. According to an nfl.comreport, Brent was found guilty of the charge and sentenced to 180 days in jail. He also received 10 years of probation.

Brent received a 10-game suspension from the Dallas Cowboys for the accident. He will return to the field on Nov. 23 and says that he wants to return to football so that his friend didn’t “die in vain.”

This was not the first time that Brent was convicted of driving while intoxicated. He also had a conviction in 2009, according to the USA Today article.

When someone you love is killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you have recourse through civil court. Even if you believe that the criminal penalties weren’t enough, a civil case may help you receive compensation for your loved one’s funeral expenses, final medical expenses, loss of earnings and more. An experienced Texas personal injury attorney can provide you and your family with more information about how a wrongful death case can proceed.

Source: Houston Chronicle, “NFL: Cowboys’ Brent activated after suspension ends” Nov. 12, 2014