Teen Kills 4 People in DWI Accident
WFAA reported that Ethan Couch, a 16 year old, is being prosecuted for DWI and killing 4 people. The source stated that on June 15, Couch was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone when he struck a sport utility vehicle that was parked on the side of the road with a flat tire.
This accident managed to kill Brian Jennings, a youth pastor; Hollie and Shelby Boyles, mother and daughter; and Breanna Mitchell, a 24 year old. It was noted that all of these individuals had stopped to help Couch and were outside of the vehicle when they died. In addition to this, 9 other victims were hurt.
Investigators determined that Couch’s blood alcohol content had been 0.24, which is three times the Texas legal limit. Although, it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system. This past Wednesday, Couch went to juvenile court and a judge gave him permission to stay with his parents as long as he wore an ankle bracelet monitoring before the start of trial. He will be prosecuted for four counts of intoxication manslaughter and if found guilty could receive up to 20 years in jail. It was noted that this was not the first time that he had a problem with the law because of alcohol. In February, he received alcohol citations for carrying a can of beer and a bottle of vodka.