Former Illinois Fighting Illini players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown were involved in a tragic accident Saturday morning. Brown, a practice squad linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys, was killed in a car accident, while Brent, a nose tackle on the 53-man roster for the Cowboys, was the driver of the vehicle.
According to reports, Brent was confirmed as the driver of the vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit a curb and flipped over. The vehicle came to a rest in the middle of the road, and Brown, who was not responsive when police arrived on the scene, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brent went on to fail a sobriety test, and was taken from the scene of the incident to a local hospital, where he had blood drawn. Brent was charged of intoxication manslaughter at approximately 4:14 a.m. local time. This is his second incident of being arrested while driving under the influence, as he was charged with a DUI when he played at Illinois in 2009.
A former teammate of Brown's at Illinois, NFL receiver Arrelious Benn, Tweeted his condolences to the linebacker's family. Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys, released a statement saying that the team is "deeply saddened" at the news of Brown's passing.