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Autopsy finds Jerry Brown Jr. was below legal drinking limit in fatal Cowboys crash

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More news from the Irving, Tex. crash last month that claimed the life of Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr.: the Dallas News is reporting that an autopsy has revealed that Brown's blood alcohol content was actually below the legal driving limit. Josh Brent, Brown's best friend, had registered a blood alcohol content of 0.189; the legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

The implication is obvious: Brown was in far better condition to drive than Brent.

According to the autopsy, Brown's BAC was 0.079. However, that sample was taken from fluid in Brown's eye, a common procedure in Texas autopsies and a figure typically higher than the overall BAC. Brown's blood showed a BAC of 0.056. Neither Brown nor Brent was wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred; Brown died of blunt force injury to the head and neck. In the wreck, Brent's Mercedes S600 flipped and traveled more than 800 feet before coming to rest.

In December, Brent was indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter in Brown's death.

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