Family of injured teen settles suit against Couch family

06/20/2014 7:16 PM

06/20/2014 7:17 PM

Solaiman Mohmand says he barely knew Ethan Couch when he climbed into the bed of Couch’s pickup with six other teens out for a good time on the night of June 15, 2013.

A few minutes later, Mohmand was one of 12 people injured when Couch’s pickup plowed into a cluster of four people standing near a disabled vehicle on Burleson-Retta Road. The four were killed.

Mohmand and his best friend, Sergio Molina, were the most seriously injured of the teens in the bed of Couch’s pickup, which hit two vehicles before it went airborne and flipped. Molina is paralyzed and unable to speak.

Scott Frenkel, an attorney representing Solaiman and his father, Sultan Mohmand, said Solaiman is still recovering from neck and back injuries.

“Solaiman is very lucky, but he is going to be reminded of this for the rest of his life,” Frenkel said Friday.

Mohmand and his family reached a settlement Thursday with Couch’s parents. He will receive a lump sum payment of $196,117. And beginning in August 2016, Mohmand will receive $16,377.04 twice a year for the next five years.

Randy Nelson, an attorney representing the Couch family, could not be reached to comment Friday.

In December, Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on four counts of intoxication manslaughter. While on probation, Couch, now 17, may not drink alcohol, use drugs or drive. He was also ordered into rehab, which he is getting as an inpatient at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon.

Families of the four people killed and of four of the injured teens, including Mohmand and Molina, sued the Couch family. Six suits have now been settled.

The family of Lucas McConnell, a passenger in a parked pickup that was hit in the crash, have not settled, saying they want a jury trial.

Meanwhile, Frenkel said, Mohmand won’t see “closure” until his friend’s condition improves.

“Sergio’s condition really eats at Solaiman,” Frenkel said.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

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