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Palm Beach Polo Mogul Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Victim’s Parents

john_goodman-victim_car_thg_120315_wg.jpg Earlier this year a Palm Beach jury found Wellington polo mogul John Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide for the drowning death of Scott Wilson. Earlier this week Goodman’s attorneys revealed that Goodman had settled the pending wrongful death lawsuit with Wilson’s parents, Lili and William, for $46 million dollars. Lili and William Wilson will each receive $23 million. Goodman’s attorneys revealed the amount of the settlement in an attempt to get Goodman released from jail while he appeals his convictions. Following the settlement, the Wilsons dropped the wrongful death lawsuit before the criminal trial began.

Twenty-three year old Scott Wilson, a UCF engineering graduate, was driving his Hyundai home from his sister’s birthday party in Orlando, when a drunken Goodman crashed his Bentley into Wilson. Wilson’s car was shoved into a canal and he later drowned. Goodman drove away from the scene without checking on Wilson. Three hours after the crash, Goodman’s blood alcohol level remained twice the legal limit.

The amount of the settlement was speculated for weeks as Goodman created headlines with his attempts to hide his assets from the Wilsons. While the Wilsons settled with Goodman for $46 million, Goodman’s insurer will not pay out the entire claim. The Player’s Club, the equestrian “hangout” where Goodman drank vodka cocktails and tequila shots before the crash, will pay the Wilsons $6 million to settle its claims with the Wilsons. Lili Wilson’s attorney stated that she might use the settlement money to create a tribute to her son.

JAmount of Goodman settlement revealed: $46 million, www.palmbeachpost.com April 19, 2012.


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