It doesn’t seem possible, but it has been little more than four years since we first heard the terms “affluenza”. It will forever be associated with Ethan Couch and his family. It should serve as a warning for parents to teach your children about there being consequences to their actions. As for Couch, he became the poster boy for what it means to be spoiled, affluent and thinking you are above the law. Now he once again is free to walk – and drive – the streets of Texas after serving only two years in jail for killing four and injuring nine.
I wish I could say this story began June 15, 2013 when Couch stole alcohol from a local convenience store before plowing a pick up into a group of good Samaritans who had stopped to help at an accident site. At the time, the truck Couch was driving was going 70 miles per hour on what is essentially a country road. Four people were killed and nine were injured that night. By the time his blood alcohol content was checked, approximately three hours after the accident, it was three times the legal limit. Three times.