Survivor of hit-and-run testifies in Goodrich trial

Updated: August 13, 2003, 6:35 AM ET

DALLAS -- During three men's efforts to rescue a trapped motorist along a North Texas freeway, the impact of a luxury sedan that raced through the scene knocked one of the rescuers out of his boots, the survivor has testified in former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich's manslaughter trial.

Shuki Josef told jurors on Tuesday he recalled a scream -- or perhaps squealing brakes -- followed by fast-approaching headlights and the sound of screeching metal as he and the other two men tried to pull the trapped motorist from a burning car.

"I heard people screaming outside," said Josef, clenching a fist and trembling as he testified. "I saw the car coming, the lights. ... The next thing I knew, somebody just hit the car. ... The guy didn't stop."

The 38-year-old Israeli immigrant, who used a walker to approach the witness stand, said his left leg will likely never be the same after severe damage. Joseph "Joby" Wood, 21, and Demont Matthews, 23, died in the collision. Goodrich is accused of hitting the two with his BMW 745 while they were on the highway shoulder.

Matthews was killed instantly and Wood died hours later. Relatives of Wood and Matthews sobbed in the courtroom as medical investigators described the injuries that the men suffered.

Testimony was to resume Wednesday morning in the trial.

Josef testified he was driving home about 2 a.m. on Jan. 14 when he spotted a car on fire in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35E and stopped to help. He said he was inside the car with only his leg sticking out when Goodrich drove onto the freeway shoulder, striking him and the other two men.

A fourth witness called by prosecutors testified Tuesday that Goodrich passed him on the highway traveling at more than 100 mph moments before the accident.

In a voluntary statement that Goodrich completed the afternoon after the accident, he wrote that he was traveling about 75 mph and didn't realize he was approaching a stalled car until it was too late to stop, a Dallas police detective told jurors. The detective said Goodrich stated that he went around the car and struck what he thought was debris and didn't stop because he "panicked."

Defense attorney Reed Prospere, in remarks at the start of the trial Monday, told jurors that Goodrich was unable to see the stranded car because he was behind a sport utility vehicle that blocked his view.

Goodrich faces two to 20 years in prison for each manslaughter charge if convicted. He's also been indicted on one count of aggravated assault and three counts of failing to stop and render aid. The current trial is only for the manslaughter charges.

The Cowboys released the former backup cornerback in February.

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