Polo star Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras testified today in polo tycoon John Goodman’s manslaughter trial.
Figueras is a longtime friend of Goodman, who is the founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Figueras saw Goodman the night that Goodman’s car slammed into another vehicle and killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Figueras and Goodman were at the “Playing for Pedro” Charity event at the White Horse Tavern on Feb. 12, 2010.
“I’ve known him many years. I have played on Mr. Goodman’s teams,” Figueras said. “I consider myself his friend.”
The polo player participated in the event as a bartender, but did not recall serving any drinks to Goodman.
Goodman, 48, has denied being drunk at the time of the fatal crash, but testimony from prosecution witnesses has contradicted his denial. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit three hours after the crash.
“He looked fine. When he said he was leaving, I walked with him to the door,” Figueras said. He testified that he did not smell any alcohol on Goodman.
After Goodman left the party, his Bentley slammed into Wilson’s Hyundai, sending it into a nearby canal, where it landed upside down. Wilson, an engineering graduate, was still strapped into the driver’s seat and drowned.
Goodman left the scene of the accident and didn’t call 911 until nearly an hour after the crash. The multi-millionaire is being tried on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash. He has pleaded not guilty, and faces up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted.
Goodman, a multimillionaire, has already settled a civil suit over the crash after adopting his 42-year-old girlfriend to help protect his estate.