Family of ‘affluenza teen’ to pay $2 million to paralyzed victim

05/06/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Fort Worth – The first liability settlement in the case of a teenager who killed four people and injured 12 others in a Texas drunk driving crash has been approved. As reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the family of Ethan Couch is set to pay Sergio Molina, who was paralyzed in the accident, over $2 million in the case.

Molina was riding in the bed of the truck Couch was driving when the crash occurred. He was thrown from the vehicle, which flipped and hit a tree. A series of chain reaction crashes were set off by the accident. The Couches have reportedly settled in cases of five other victims who were injured or killed in the accident. Each are awaiting court approval.

Couch’s sentence in connection with the crash made headlines after defense attorneys asserted that the then 16-year-old suffered from “affluenza,” a condition brought on by him not having to develop a sense of responsibility due to his privileged upbringing. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to undergo treatment.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Texas Legal News

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