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Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Updated: March 25, 4:52 PM ET
Man with crushed ankle seeks $37 million in damages

Associated Press

DALLAS -- A man who was injured in a hit-and-run accident sued Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich on Tuesday, accusing Goodrich of failing to control his vehicle.

Dwayne Goodrich
Goodrich

Goodrich has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and three counts of failure to stop and render aid in connection with the Jan. 14 accident that left two men dead.

The lawsuit was filed by Shuki Josef of Dallas, who sustained a crushed left ankle and other injuries. Josef is seeking $37 million in damages.

In the lawsuit, Josef accuses Goodrich of failing to control his vehicle in a safe manner, driving at a high rate of speed and negligence.

Goodrich is accused of driving through a fiery accident scene, hitting three men who had stopped to help.

Goodrich, a backup cornerback, said he initially thought he had struck only debris from an accident on Interstate 35. He also has expressed remorse for the deaths of Demont Matthews and Joseph Wood.

Police said the accident happened just after 2 a.m. while Goodrich was on his way home from a topless nightclub.

Attempts to reach Goodrich for comment were unsuccessful. His telephone number is unlisted.