Friday, December 20, 2013
Opinion: Ethan Couch still may serve some prison time
An aspiring rapper wrote a song about one of his friends, who was paralyzed after the crash.
“Stay” - Michael Lane (Official Music Video)
BURLESON While the media and the public at large continue to rant about “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch’s 10 years’ probation for killing four people in a drunk driving wreck in Burleson, one young man is actually doing something about it.
Michael Lane is an aspiring songwriter and rapper who is also close friends with one of the people injured in the June 15 collision. Sergio Molina, 15, was riding in the truck bed of Couch’s pickup at the time of the crash. He was ejected and is now completely paralyzed, and only able to communicate by blinking.
Recently, Lane wrote two new songs which allowed him to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. The first, "Stay," is dedicated to Sergio and other victims of the wreck. The music video (which was shot near our downtown Fort Worth office) ends with the following message:
No one would’ve imagined something so tragic would happen to someone so undeserving. Even with the odds against you, you’re still improving. I haven’t given up hope and no one else has. Stay strong.”
The second song, which is not yet online, is focused less on the victims of the tragedy, and more on the teenage driver at fault – as well as anger at the lack of prison time Couch received when he was sentenced last week.
The lyrics include the frustrated refrain: “Four people are dead and I can't even see remorse. I ain't let out that much tears since my parents got divorced. And they want rehab?”
UPDATE: The fact that four people died and countless lives were irrevocably ruined by Couch, yet he received only 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury, has caused much outrage not just throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but nationally.
It has emerged that the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office has found a way to push for Couch to be incarcerated. Since there has been no official verdict entered on the two intoxication assault charges, there is still a feasible chance that Couch may still serve some prison time.
We shall have to wait and see…
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