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According to the Dallas Morning News, a witness to the deadly accident involving Dallas Cowboys players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown is saying that the surviving player refused to help his teammate out of the car. The witness says that it was only after begging and pleading that he offered to help him.
Brown was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Brent is being charged intoxication manslaughter.
“Jerry was alive. He was hurt. He was calling out and his own friend walked away,” the witness said.
Brent’s attorney, George Milner, says the witness is wrong:
“That is absolutely false,” he said. “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.”
The woman says she was driving home from her birthday party when she saw the accident. She says that Brent’s Mercedes was flipped over and started to catch on fire. She pulled over to help Brent, but says that she was shocked at his reaction.
“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.”
She says that as the fire got bigger, Brent refused to help.
“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 said she ran to get her phone to call 911 and came back to find that Brent still hadn’t done anything.
“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.”
The witness admits that Brent was probably in shock, but she was also shocked that he didn’t help his friend.
“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.”