Victim of "Affluenza" teen now "minimally responsive"
Fort Worth, TX — The family of a teenager who killed four people in a DWI crash could face a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Ethan Couch avoided jail time, having been sentenced to 10 years probation. His lawyers argued he suffered from "Affluenza", that he didn't connect actions with consequences, because his parents had taught him that wealth buys privilege.
Not all of the victims died in the crash, Gary Tuchman reports another 16 year-old, who was riding in the back of the Couch's truck, will never be the same.
This is the way Sergio Molina used to be, a happy son and brother, who loved playing soccer. This is the way he is today, he can't talk, he can't move, he's considered minimally responsive.
It's what happened to him after he flew out of the back of Ethan Couch's pickup truck this past June on the night that Couch ran into and killed four other people just outside Fort Worth, Texas.
Alex Lemus is Sergio's older brother, "They told us that, basically, that's as much as he will rehabilitate. That's all we can hope for is how he is right now for the rest of his life."
The family hopes and prays that is not true, but meantime, they deal with realities
Gary Tuchman, "In the six months since the accident, what have your medical bills totaled?"
Alex Lemus, "Over the last six months, over a million dollars."
Gary Tuchman, "A million dollars?"
Alex Lemus, "Over a million dollars."
Sergio's family has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Ethan Couch, his family and his father's company, because it was the company owned truck Ethan was driving.
An attorney for the driver's family has told CNN that the judge made "the appropriate disposition in this case."
But Sergio Molina's family says testimony in the trial revealed the teens in Couch's truck pleaded with him to slow down and drive safer before the horrifying accident occurred.
911 Operator, "...and how many people need EMS?"
Caller, "Ma'am, I'm telling you it's dark. There's four or five kids. There's kids laying in ditches and street."
Sergio was one of those in the ditch, his brother was in court during the trial and says when he heard the "Affluenza" defense being used, he thought it was nonsense and upsetting.
Gary Tuchman, "When the verdict came, and you found out he wasn't going to spend any time in jail, what went through your mind?"
Alex Lemus, "Angry. Disappointed. So outrageously angry I can't say anything."
The family is currently retrofitting their home with money they say they really don't have to accommodate Sergio. His mother Maria said it was emotionally hard for her to talk on camera, but she wanted to give it a try,
Gary Tuchman, "Tell me about Sergio, the kind of boy he is."
Maria Lemus, "He was the best son. A boy with a lot of dreams. He was, his first dream was to be a soccer player. He was sweet."
Gary Tuchman, "He's lucky to have you. You should hear that from outsiders like me, you realize that?"
Maria Lemus, "Yes."
Gary Tuchman, "He's lucky he has you and his siblings to take care of him, right?"
The memories of Sergio before the accident sustain this family, the picture of him on the left with two of his other brothers, his soccer uniforms, and his relationship with his dog Pinky which continues today, his brother says he has quit his job to stay with Sergio all the time, "That's my life. If I have to become a scientist to go and fix him, I will. That's my life. That's how much I love him."