Family of Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen to Pay Victim $2M

May 7, 2014

The family of a North Texas teenager who killed four people and injured 12 in a drunken-driving wreck has reached a settlement of more than $2 million with the family of a teenage boy left disabled.

Tarrant County court documents show that the liability insurer of Ethan Couch’s parents agreed to pay $1.64 million in cash to a trust established for Sergio E. Molina.

The Couches’ insurer also will buy two annuities to make payments to the trust.

Couch’s case drew national attention after his attorneys argued that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility, which one witness termed “affluenza.”

Couch, 17, killed four people last year when his vehicle rammed into a crowd of people trying to help the driver of a disabled vehicle south of Fort Worth. Investigators said he was driving his family company’s pickup truck while drunk and with traces of Valium in his system.

Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to go to a rehabilitation facility.

Five other families of the injured or killed have settled with the Couches, pending court approval. One family is seeking a jury trial.

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  • May 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    Agent says:
    Well, perhaps the Auto Assigned Risk Pool will take the boy on or perhaps Progressive for a premium they won't like, but will pay. These parents have done an abominable job r... read more
  • May 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm
    Angela says:
    Agent, agree. Non-renewal the Auto as soon as legally possible. Non-renewal the Homeowners and Personal Liability and Umbrella policy. Becca, yes, and the JUDGE should matc... read more
  • May 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    Agent says:
    Becca, do you think the Affluent parents will get a renewal offer from the company?
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