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July 11, 2013

Intoxicated teen faces charges in crash that killed four

CLEBURNE, Texas — CLEBURNE, Texas — A 16-year-old driver who caused a June 15 crash that killed four people had a blood alcohol content of .24 -- three times the legal limit.

“We’ve been asked from the very beginning if alcohol played a role” in the fatal crash, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said. “Alcohol definitely played a role.”

Ethan Anthony Couch has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault in connection with the accident, according to the accident report released Tuesday.

On the night of the crash, a man and two women who had rushed to assist a stranded motorist where were struck and killed by Couch’s red Ford pickup. Also killed was the stranded motorist..

Couch and seven other teenagers in his Ford F350 at the time of the crash — five in the cab of the truck and two in the truck bed — were transported to area hospitals. Two remain hospitalized with “very serious” injuries, the sheriff said.

Anderson said that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is conducting an investigation to determine where the teenagers in Couch’s truck got the alcohol they had been drinking before the accident.

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Details for this story were provided by the Cleburne (Texas) Times-Review.

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