According to testimony at the trial, Ethan Couch was seen on video stealing two cases of beer from a local store, driving his father's pick-up truck with seven passengers, and speeding at 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
About an hour after stealing the beer, Couch was again speeding at 70 mph in his father's truck on a country road where he came upon a stalled SUV. Two local residents walked out to the SUV to offer assistance, a passing motorist stopped and got out of his car also to help.
As Couch approached in his speeding pick-up he slammed into the stalled SUV, then plowed into the passing motorists car which in turn hit an oncoming vehicle. Couch's truck flipped over and hit a tree. The owner of the SUV, the passing motorist and the two local residents were killed.
Couch and his seven teenage passengers survived. Three hours later Couch's blood-alcohol level tested at 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas, he also tested positive for Valium.