In the United States covered abnormal frosts An 11-year-old boy has died in Texas. His family blames hypothermia as the cause of death, and therefore filed a $ 100 million lawsuit.
It is reported by ABC News.
11-year-old Christian Pineda died on Tuesday, February 16, in a trailer in a suburb of Houston. At night, he fell asleep on the bed under several blankets with his three-year-old brother. The next day, the boys’ mother Maria Pineda found Christian in an unconscious state, she called an ambulance, before whose arrival she tried to give the child artificial respiration. However, she failed to save her son.
The sixth grader’s family emigrated to the United States two years ago. Maria Pineda claims that the boy was healthy, and the day before his death, he played in the snow for the first time in his life. The woman is sure that her son died of hypothermia, since on the eve of their homes, like millions of others, they cut off electricity and heat.
In this regard, Maria Pineda filed a lawsuit in Jefferson District Court, accusing the Texas Electricity Reliability Board (ERCOT) and Entergy of gross negligence.
“Despite the fact that ERCOT and Entergy knew about the terrible weather forecast for at least a week and knew that the system had not been prepared in more than ten years, they were unable to take any preventive action that could have prevented the crisis. and were completely unprepared to cope with the crisis, “the lawsuit says.
The woman claims that ERCOT “misled customers” by assuring them that the power outage would be temporary.
“The power outage lasted for several days. Failure to properly inform the plaintiffs about the duration of the power outages prevented them from properly preparing for the power outage or leaving the territory. Accurate information could have saved the young life of Christian Pineda,” the lawsuit says.
In response, Entergy, which supplies electricity to consumers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, said it was “deeply saddened by the loss of life.” “We are unable to comment on the pending trial,” added company representatives.
ERCOT, meanwhile, said it triggered an emergency power outage on Feb.15 after a blizzard covered much of Texas and temperatures dropped below freezing.
The Council said it has taken drastic measures to avoid a catastrophic statewide power outage: “With about 46% of private generators disconnected from the grid last Monday morning, we are confident our network operators have made the right choice.”
Meanwhile, the Contro police department reported that the official cause of Christian’s death is now being established by forensic experts.
Recall that as a result of abnormal frosts in Texas, over four million consumers were left without heat, electricity and drinking water. The country also recorded more than 70 lethal casesassociated with bad weather.
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