The Dallas Morning News reported on the new suit I filed and mentioned here.
The family of a comatose teen who was injured in a chaotic Burleson wreck that left four dead is suing the 16-year-old driver, his parents and a Cleburne company.
Sergio Molina, 15, was sitting in the bed of a pickup driven by Ethan Couch, 16, on June 15 when it slammed into two parked vehicles, a disabled motorist and three good Samaritans in the 1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road.
Molina was “hurled from the truck and landed on his head,” according to the complaint filed Friday in civil district court by Fort Worth lawyer Bill Berenson.
Berenson said in the complaint that Molina suffered a traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull. He has been in a coma ever since and has racked up more than $600,000 in medical bills, Berenson said in the complaint.
Molina’s family is seeking at least $1 million and up to $20 million in damages from Couch, his parents and Cleburne Sheet Metal. The company, where Couch’s father worked, was the pickup’s registered owner. A company representative declined comment Monday
Molina was one of eight teens packed in the pickup, which flipped into a tree. All suffered injuries in the wreck. The four pedestrians — Breanna Mitchell, youth pastor Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby — were all killed.
Authorities said that Couch was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 — three times the legal limit for an adult — and was going 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said in July that the crash was “probably the most difficult accident scene we’ve ever had to work.”
On Monday, Anderson said that prosecutors are still going forward with a criminal case against Couch. He will be charged as a juvenile.