A Florida appeals court has ruled that the ashes of a 23-year-old man killed in a 2010 crash with Wellington polo mogul John Goodman cannot be divided among family members.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal decided Wednesday that Florida law does not allow human remains, even cremated remains, to be treated like "property." The judges said the Legislature must make such a change.
William Wilson wanted to divide the ashes of his son, Scott Wilson, so he could take some to a family plot in Georgia. The man's mother, Lili Wilson, wanted to bury his remains in West Palm Beach.
In their ruling, the judges cited former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who wrote that it is "a sorrowful matter to have relatives disputing in court over the remains of the deceased" and that "there is no solution that will bring peace to all parties."
Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, is awaiting a new trial after his initial DUI manslaughter and failure to render aid convictions were overturned due to juror misconduct.