Couch’s Rehab Program Costs Texan Taxpayers Thousands
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another.
“As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. "Affluenza" took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer who represents plaintiffs in DUI/DWI cases.
Recent media reports revealed that the hospital’s rehabilitation program costs $700 per day, with a portion of that amount funded by the state. It means the young man’s wealthy parents only pay $38 a day for his treatment. The Couch family has been sued for millions by the four families who lost loved ones when the pickup truck Couch was driving collided with a stalled vehicle, killing the driver and three others attempting to help. The fourth victim was thrown from the truck, landing on his head. He survived but is permanently paralyzed and only retains the ability to blink and smile.
“Has justice been served in this case? That’s a tough question. Certainly the teen went to court and had a trial, but in the end, landed in a place that does not seem to do justice to the memory of the four lives lost because he chose to drink and drive. Does this raise questions about due process? Yes. It raises hard questions about justice and how it is served,” added Lee. “More so when the teen is able to access stables and a high-tech gym with ease.”
While perhaps questionable, it appears the court felt the ruling it made was the best course because the teen had the potential to change and become a productive member of society. “But in the meantime, four families are struggling to get through each day, trying to come to terms with the loss of a family member. Hopefully, this young teen has the potential to emerge from therapy and turn his life around by testifying to others why it is a poor choice to drink and drive,” Lee added.
Would justice be served then? “If he does realize he could save other lives, that would be justice served later.”
Lee, Gober & Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road #220-S
Austin, Texas 78759
- Digital ads may be used to stop distracted driving in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Department are seriously considering using digital billboard ads to stop distracted driving. While that may well be an innovative idea to target the message to the demographic that most often is guilty of distracted driving, it does seem to lack an element of common sense. It seems to be counterintuitive to try and teach drivers not to stare at their cellphone, tablets and other e-devices while driving, and instead expect them to stare at a digital billboard while they are driving. Staring at a digital billboard while driving is distracted driving. The campaign is supposed to […]
- Midland, Texas, shoots photos of drunk drivers
Taken out of context and without knowing the full story behind the flashy big billboard in Midland, the message Midland Shoots Drunk Drivers, is making people stop and think about drinking and driving. It’s a sign that captures driver’s attention. Some drivers seeing the sign for the first time question whether or not it is real — would the city actually shoot drunk drivers? Once the true meaning of the billboard is understood, that the city shoots pictures of drunk drivers, the message has been driven home. Drinking and driving kills; it’s just that simple. Midland is extremely serious about […]
- Emily Agirre dies in head-on collision with impaired driver
Despite the fact that everyone does know it is not safe to drink and drive, people still do it. This was one of those cases where an individual chose to drink to excess and then also chose to get behind the wheel of his black Ford F-150. Jose Alvarez and Emily Agirre were traveling west on Atascocita Road around 11:20 p.m. when the car they were riding in was hit head-on by Rodrigo Cornejo. His truck, heading east, suddenly veered in front of the little red two-door Hyundai. Agirre and Alvarez were transported in critical condition to hospital. Agirre died […]
- Eight people capsized while riding a boat, three drowned
On Sunday, March 6, eight people were on a boat that capsized in Corpus Christi Bay. A four-year-old boy was alive when pulled from the waters, but died later in hospital. Two other bodies were recovered several days later and were identified as Mario Leon and his 13-year-old daughter. There were five survivors of this devastating accident. One survivor, Mrs. Leon, was able to help rescuers narrow the search area by leading them to the area where the 18-foot boat capsized after being hit by an unexpected storm. Accidents like this are devastating to everyone involved, including those who volunteered […]
- Wrong-way driver kills four
I-35 in Kyle, Texas, was the recent scene of a deadly crash caused by a wrong-way driver. Death paid a call to four individuals in a van. Those killed were Canadians — the driver of the vehicle, a father, mother and their 16-month-old son. Rene Molinares was driving erratically on the highway and prompted several drivers to call 911. Police were dispatched, but they were not able to get there in time to stop him. The 22-year-old had already collided with a truck and a van. Emergency first responders knew when they got to the scene that there would be several […]