WELLINGTON, Fla. -- Scott Wilson died in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, while driving to his mother's house in Wellington.
The 23-year-old was making a trip from where he lived in Orlando to celebrate his sister Kristi's 19th birthday and to see his mother, Lili.
As Wilson neared his home, John Goodman allegedly ran a stop sign while driving drunk and slammed his Bentley into Wilson's Hyundai.
The impact sent Wilson's car across the intersection of Lake Worth Road and 120th Avenue, flipping it upside down into a nearby canal. According to reports from the county medical examiner, Wilson drowned inside his vehicle.
Authorities said Goodman left the crash scene on foot and made his first call to 911 54 minutes after the crash was first reported. He would soon be charged with DUI-manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
Lili raised her son in Wellington, where he graduated from Wellington High School. He later moved to Orlando to attend college and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a degree in engineering. At the time of the accident, he lived in Orlando and was looking for a job.
Wilson's parents are seeking millions in compensatory damages from Goodman in a civil trial that is set to begin March 27, 2012.
William Wilson, his father, is a civil engineer and the father-son pair shared an interest in basketball and other sports.
After the funeral, Wilson’s ashes were flown to Georgia, where his grandparents, Jimmie and William Wilson, formerly of Lake Clarke Shores, are buried.
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