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Crash survivor family to seek civil trial for Ethan Couch family

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Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years' probation for killing four people and injuring three. Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years' probation for killing four people and injuring three.
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The family of a child who survived a drunken driving crash caused by Ethan Couch is seeking a civil trial in front of a jury.

Lucas McConnell, who was 12 at the time of the crash, and his family told reporters on Wednesday they don't feel like the Couch family has been held accountable. The McConnells said they want Ethan Couch and his family to face depositions where questions will have to be answered about the incident.

Lucas was the godson of Pastor Brian Jennings and was in Jennings' truck during the crash. Jennings was one of four people killed in the multi-vehicle wreck last summer.

"I know everyone always says, `Things always happen for a reason,' but I haven't really seen the reason yet, and I know I would like to, and I know people around me would like to," Lucas said.

Couch avoided jail time when he was sentenced to probation last fall and spend time in a rehab facility. A defense expert during the trial said Couch suffered from "affluenza," children from wealthy families who have a sense of entitlement and make bad decisions.

The sentencing and use of the affluenza defense ignited a local and national firestorm.

Lucas is still meeting with a counselor to help him in his recovery after the crash.

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