‘Affluenza’ Teen’s Family To Pay One Victim $3M

Source: Todd Unger / USA Today

FORT WORTH, Texas — According to newly filed court documents, one of the victims injured by a teen in a fatal drunken-driving accident has settled for close to $3 million in cash and other payments.

Sergio Molina, 17, was paralyzed when then 16-year-old Ethan Couch’s pickup slammed into a group of people who were helping a woman with a stalled car last June. Four people, including the driver and three bystanders, were killed and nine others were injured.

Prosecutors said Couch’s blood-alcohol level was three times the Texas legal limit when the accident occurred. Molina was riding in the back of his pickup truck.

Couch’s attorneys used an “affluenza” defense at his trial last year, saying the then 16-year-old had grown up with a sense of entitlement and developed poor judgment after being coddled by his wealthy parents.

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