A multi-millionaire from Texas who founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach turned himself into police to face charges of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. John Goodman was in Palm Beach County jail on those charges and another count of failing to give information or render aid in a car crash.
The charges stem from the death of a man in February. Goodman was driving at approximately 1:00 a.m. on February 12. According to reports gathered by the victim’s family Goodman was described as falling-down drunk the night of the accident and within an hour of the time he left the Players Club and allegedly caused the fatal crash. According to reports he ran a stop sign in his Bentley convertible and hit the Hyundai Sonata driven by a 23-year-old engineering student named Scott Wilson. A recent graduate, Wilson drowned inside his car after the accident forced the Hyundai into a canal upside down.
The parent’s of the victim have filed a wrongful death suit due to the car accident causing the death of their son. Wilson’s mother expressed concern over the impending Florida DUI trial due to Goodman’s wealth and connections in Palm Beach. He was released on $100,000 bail today.
Neither Goodman’s defense attorney nor the state attorney returned calls to the Palm Beach Post about the case yesterday. According to the state’s attorney, Goodman walked away from the crash and was found near a trailer that was located less than a half-mile away. He was trying to call for help. The car crash took place in Wellington where Goodman’s polo club is located. There is no mention of his exact worth but he is described as a multi-millionaire by the Palm Beach Post.