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Family of Drunk Driving ‘Affluenza’ Teen to Pay Millions to Paralyzed Victim

Ethan Couch
Ethan Couch is seen during his court hearing in Fort Worth, Texas in this December 2013 image taken from a video by KDFW-FOX 4. KDFW-FOX 4/AP

The parents of wealthy Texan Ethan Couch, who killed four people in a drunk driving accident and gained notoriety after one of his attorneys used the teen's extreme privilege as part of his defense strategy, will compensate a victim who was paralyzed

The family of a wealthy Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving accident will pay one of his victims $2 million, according to court documents released on Tuesday.

Ethan Couch’s parents have agreed to pay $1 million in cash and establish a $1 million trust fund in the name of Sergio Molina, a boy who was left paralyzed by the accident, the Associated Press reports.

The accident gained national attention when the teen’s defense lawyers called an expert witness who argued that the teen might be suffering from “affluenza,” a condition of irresponsibility brought about by extreme spoiling.

[AP]

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