What's already been a terrible story takes a turn for the worse.
In case you thought the news about Jerry Brown's death couldn't get any more tragic, there's a new update to the story. This one from a woman who witnessed the scene after Josh Brent's car flipped while he was driving home from a club drunk with Jerry Brown in the passenger seat.
A woman named Stacee McWilliams came upon the scene while driving home, and what she saw was Brent's car flipped over with him pacing along the side of the road. According to Williams, Brown was still in the car yelling for help and Brent just ignored him.
McWilliams, who works in the claims department of an insurance company, said she was on her way home from her birthday party when she noticed the wreck and stopped. From the left lane, she said she called out to Brent, who was pacing in the grass near the right lane.
"I jumped out and ran out toward the wreck," she said. "I yelled to him, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?' And he told me he was fine. I was relieved because I thought it's just a single car accident, nobody's hurt. And then fire sparked up from the car and got bigger and I started to hear screams."
As the fire grew, she says she begged Brent to help Brown, the car's passenger, whom she also didn't know.
Brent "looked at me and said, ‘He won't get out of the car.' And I said, ‘Get him out of the car. You have to save him.'."
She said she continued to plead, but Brent repeated that his friend wouldn't get out. She ran to her car to get her phone. When she returned, Brown was lying in the middle of the far right lane and Brent had walked away.
"He didn't say come on, hang in there, hold his hand," she said. "That's what upsets me the most at this point. He abandoned him."
McWilliams said she believes Brent was in shock "because he is human," but she said she still found his actions disturbing. "He may have been in shock, but he was very coherent at the time," she said.
Which, if true, is pretty damn terrible. Of course, Brent's attorney, George Milner, has a different version of what happened.
"That is absolutely false," Milner said. "What I've been told is that Jerry Brown was never conscious after the accident. ... she better be careful with this one."
Now the question here is why would McWilliams make any of this up? She has absolutely nothing to gain by doing so. She's already been told by the police to stop talking about the case as the investigation into what happened is ongoing.
Though if what McWilliams says is true, it could help explain the $500,000 bond Brent had to post. Sure, the police could have set it that high just to make an example of the case since it's so public, but Brent's actions at the scene may have played a role in the decision as well.