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Family of 'affluenza' teen to pay survivor nearly $3M

Posted May 8th, 2014 @ 3:20pm
Posted Wednesday, May 7th 2014  by John Johnson, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – The parents of the teen who gained national notoriety for his "affluenza" defense after a deadly DUI crash will pay a paralyzed victim almost $3 million. The family of Ethan Couch reached the settlement with the family of Sergio Molino, who was riding in the back of Couch's pickup when it crashed last year in Texas, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Four people were killed, and today Sergio can do no more than blink and smile, say his parents. Couch got a light sentence of probation and rehab, after a witness argued that his rich parents coddled the 16-year-old so much that he didn't have a good sense of right and wrong.

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