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Millionaire John Goodman free, surrenders passport

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A millionaire, charged in the fatal crash that killed a 23-year-old man on a dark, rural roadway, is free again. John Goodman, 46, is charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the death of Scott Wilson. If convicted, he faces 15 years in prison.

Update, THU 9:30 AM: A judge set bail at $100,000. Deputies have taken his passport, and he has been ordered to check in with investigators twice a week.

State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced the filing of criminal charges against John Goodman for DUI Manslaughter/Failure to Render Aid and Vehicular Homicide/Failure to Give Aid or Information. He faces up to 30 years for each charge.

Goodman is the owner of International Polo Club Palm Beach.

"Mr. Goodman intends to vigorously defend himself against the criminal charges while continuing to do all within his power to minimize any further suffering by the Wilson family," said Goodman's attorney, Roy Black.

"After thoroughly reviewing the facts available to us, the defense team believes that the arrest warrant and charges reveal only a part of the whole story. Mr. Goodman is entitled to his day in court. We ask that the public and the media not rush to judgment until all of the facts are known."

Police said Goodman ran a stop sign on 120th Avenue and Lake Worth Road at about 1 a.m. February 12, broadsiding Scott Wilson's Hyundai sedan, and sending car with the recent University of Central Florida graduate into a canal where he died.

Police did not give Goodman a breathalyzer test at the scene, but did test his blood when he was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Prosecutors have also subpoenaed Goodman's credit card receipts from a bar in Wellington where he had been the night of the crash trying to determine how many drinks he bought that night.

Wilson's family has also filed a civil suit, alleging Goodman was driving drunk and left the scene. Goodman said he left the scene to walk to a nearby trailer for help.

According to the Web site bloodalcoholcalculator.org John Goodman, who weighs about 190 pounds, would have had to drink 10-13 shots of straight alcohol over six hours to have a blood alcohol level of .177.  Since his blood was not taken until hours after the accident it's probable that he had consumed even more.

Previously: A Wellington millionaire is in jail Wednesday morning, charged in the death of a 23-year-old man who drowned in a canal after an automobile accident on a dark, rural roadway in February.

John Goodman, 46, is charged with DUI manslaughter in the death of Scott Wilson. If convicted, he faces 15 years in prison.

Goodman is best known as the owner of International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Police said Goodman ran a stop sign on 120th Avenue and Lake Worth Road at about 1 a.m. February 12, broadsiding Scott Wilson's Hyundai sedan, and sending car with the recent University of Central Florida graduate into a canal, where he died.

Police did not give Goodman a breathalyzer test at the scene, but did test his blood when he was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Prosecutors have also subpoenaed Goodman's credit card receipts from a bar in Wellington where he had been the night of the crash, trying to determine how many drinks he bought that night.

Wilson's family has also filed a civil suit, alleging Goodman was driving drunk and left the scene. Goodman said he left the scene to walk to a nearby trailer for help.

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