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December 08, 2012

Jerry Jones confirms that linebacker Jerry Brown was killed fatal accident involving defensive tackle Josh Brent

According to three sources, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Price Brent was the driver in a fatal hit and run accident last night, killing teammate and practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, 25.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released this statement a few minutes ago.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Jones said. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”

Brent, 24, was arrested for intoxication manslaughter at 4:00 am and is currently in the Irving jail.

A spokesman for the Irving police department confirmed that a fatal accident occurred at the 1400 block of John Carpenter Freeway at 2:30 a.m. early Saturday morning.

Brent's agent Peter Schaefer declined comment as did Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones.

Per the police report, Brent was returning from partying at Club Privae in Dallas and was traveling at a high rate of speed before hitting a curb and losing control of his vehicle. It The vehicle flipped at least one time before coming to rest in the middle of the service road. When police arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive, the Brown was not. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and also drew blood before taking him to jail.

The Cowboys made a roster Saturday morning before departing for Sunday's game against the Bengals, signing defensive tackle Robert Callaway from the practice squad and putting cornerback Orlando Scandrick on injured reserve.

This is second tragic incident in the last week for the NFL, following last Sunday's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girl friend Kassandra Perkins.

It's also the second time in the last decade that an active Cowboys player was involved in a traffic fatility.

Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was involved in a hit and run accident that killed two people in 2003. He was convicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide and served eight years in prison before being released in 2011.

Brown, 25, joined the Cowboys in October. He is a former undrafted free agent out of Illinois _ the same college that Brent attended.

He was born Oct. 20, 1987 in St. Louis, Illinois.

 

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