Parents of fatal crash victim to file lawsuit against millionaire

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

The parents of a 23-year-old man who was killed in a car crash in February in Wellington, Florida have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the multi-millionaire who hit their son's car. 


Scott Patrick Wilson drowned after his car was struck and pushed into a canal by International Polo Club Palm Beach founder John Goodman. Wilson's family is claiming that Goodman was negligent in the crash. 


Goodman, 46,  was driving a black Bentley when he ran a stop sign and crashed into Wilson's car at 1:05 am on February 12. Wilson, driving his Hyundai Sonata, was on his way to his mother's house from his home in Orlando for his younger sister's birthday. His car was pushed into a canal by Goodman's, where it landed upside-down and submerged. Wilson drowned before rescuers could reach him. 


Deputies believe that alcohol or drugs could have played a role in the crash. Goodman had left the Players Club Bar & Restaurant shortly before the accident occurred. It is also believed that Goodman was speeding when he hit Wilson's car, given the distance Wilson's car was pushed from the site of the collision. 


If reports show that Goodman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, Wilson's parents will be able to sue for punitive damages.