Polo Tycoon Will Pay $46 Million in Deadly DUI Crash
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - Convicted polo tycoon John Goodman will pay $46 million to the parents of 23-year-old Scott Wilson who died in a drunken driving accident perpetrated by Goodman, according to court documents.
Scott Wilson's parents will each receive $23 million in the settlement, the same age their son was when he was killed.
All parties involved had previously been silent about the settlement amount in the civil suit over the crash after Goodman adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend to help protect his estate n the civil suit.
The attorneys filed a bond motion in hopes of being able to get Goodman out of prison pending his appeal and the outcome of his motion for a new trial. Earlier this week, Goodman's attorneys filed a motion for a new trial based on alleged juror misconduct.
A jury found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March.
Goodman's Bentley slammed into Wilson's Hyundai and sent it into a nearby canal in Wellington, Fla., in February 2010. Wilson was strapped into the driver's seat and drowned.
The multi-millionaire founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach claimed his $200,000 car malfunctioned and lurched forward. He also denied being drunk at the time of the crash that killed Wilson, despite testimony contradicting him and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit three hours after the crash.
He could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced April 30.
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