John Goodman's wrecked Bentley turns up near Houston

January 25, 2014 9:09:37 PM PST
A vital piece of evidence from a high-profile DUI manslaughter case is in the hands of a car hobbyist outside of Houston, the Sun Sentinel reports.

According to testimony at his first trial in March 2012, John Goodman -- founder of International Polo Club Palm Beach and heir to a Texas air conditioning fortune -- is accused of slamming his 2007 black Bentley Continental GTC convertible into a Hyundai in Wellington, Florida, on February 12, 2010.

The other car flipped, and its driver ? 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson -- drowned.

According to records, Goodman was intoxicated, and he walked away from the crash with no major injuries.

So where is that wrecked Bentley now?

It's sitting in the garage of businessman Ryne Manahan's home in Sugar Land, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The Goodman Bentley was originally purchased at auction by an unknown buyer for $27,737, the Sun Sentinel reports, and it turned up on the auction block again in July 2013. That's when Manahan says he bought it online for $11,000.

Manahan, 45, tells the Sun Sentinel that he intends to completely restore the car.

"Nobody will be able to tell it was ever wrecked," Manahan, 45, told the Sun Sentinel. "It'll look nice."

Manahan said he first thought the Bentley had belonged to the Hollywood actor John Goodman because he found an envelope addressed to "John Goodman" inside, but attorneys in South Florida later contacted him with the car's true history.

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