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“Affluenza” Teen’s Family Settles with Victims

Sarah Kim3 years ago

According to Dallas News, the family of Ethan Couch has settled lawsuits with some of the victims’ families killed in a drunk driving accident last year.

Details of the Fatal Accident

On June 15, 2013, teenager Ethan Couch fatally struck a disabled motorist and three others who were attempting to aid the motorist.

Breanne Mitchell had stopped on the side of the road after her tire blew out along the 1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road. Youth pastor Brian Jennings and mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles pulled over to help the young driver.

Approaching at 70 miles an hour, Couch struck all four pedestrians and flipped his truck causing the two teenagers who had been riding in the truck bed to be thrown out.

It was determined Couch was driving the truck with a blood alcohol content that was three times the legal limit, and was under the influence of prescription drugs.

Couch was charged with multiple counts of vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

Couch Family Settles with Victims

Couch’s case gained national media attention when a psychologist stated Couch suffered from “affluenza,” or stunted development caused by being wealthy. The psychologist also stated the condition was caused by a dysfunctional relationship with his parents.

After pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter, Couch was able to avoid prison with a judge instead ordering 10 years of probation and time at a rehabilitation facility.

The Couch family has now agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to the families of Breanna Mitchell and Hollie and Shelby Boyles

The family of Brian Jennings has not reached a settlement with Couch’s family, and the family of Sergio Molina, a boy flung from the back of the truck, is also suing.

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