Afflueza Case Crash Victim Refuses Settlement


Published 03/27 2014 02:26PM

Updated 03/27 2014 02:30PM

One of the families affected in a high profile drunk driving case out of Tarrant County is speaking out and saying it plans to go to trial with a civil lawsuit.

The McConnell family of Burleson says it's suit, filed after last June's fatal drunk driving crash, will not be settled and will proceed through depositions and a jury trial.

Lucas McConnell, now 13, was hurt in that crash. Four people were killed and several others were also injured. Among those killed was Brian Jennings, a youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church and a McConnell family friend.

Lucas was riding in the back of Jennings' truck when he stopped to help Breanna Mitchell, who's car had broken down outside Hollie and Shelby Boyles' home just outside of Burleson.

In December, Ethan Couch admitted to driving drunk and hitting the pedestrians and injuring several people in his dad's company's truck. Couch was sentenced 10 years probation as well as time at a treatment facility as his punishment, handed down by juvenile court Judge Jean Boyd.

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