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‘Affluenza’ Teen’s Family To Pay Victim $2M

Ethan Couch, 16, has been sentenced to 10 years probation for a June 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and severely injured two others.  (credit: CBS 11 News)

Ethan Couch, 16, has been sentenced to 10 years probation for a June 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and severely injured two others. (credit: CBS 11 News)

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - 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 filed Friday 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.”

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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