Jerry Brown sober when killed in car crash, autopsy reveals

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brown's blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08.

Former Dallas Cowboy's nose guard Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown who was riding in the car with him. According to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office, Brown was legally sober at the time of the crash.

A report released by the medical examiner's office Thursday said Brown died from head and neck trauma when the car overturned in the accident. Brown sustained a dislocated neck and severely bruised spine in the crash and tests showed his blood alcohol content at .056, just over two-hundredths below the state of Texas' legal limit of .08 for drunk driving. Police say neither Brown nor Brent was wearing a seat belt in the accident.

Brent is out on $100,000 bond after the Dec. 8 crash. Police allege Brown, who was the driver of the car, had a blood alcohol level twice the limit when the crash occurred in Irving.

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