The family of a Texas boy, who died, froze from a power outage, sued two power companies in the state in a $ 100 million lawsuit.
According to ABC News, the mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed a lawsuit with the Jefferson County Court, accusing two Texas power suppliers, ERCOT Company and Entergy Corporation, “placing profits above human welfare”, ignores previous recommendations to ensure grid safety, leading to widespread outages, leaving more than 4 million customers without electricity and heating as temperatures in some parts of the state drop by a single digit .
“Despite knowing of severe blizzard weather forecasts at least a week in advance and knowing that electrical systems have not been prepared to deal with the cold for more than a decade, ERCOT and Entergy did not. any urgent action can avert the crisis and completely unprepared to deal with the crisis at hand “- the petition wrote.
Cristian died on February 16 in the mobile home of a boy’s family on the outskirts of Conroe, Houston, while sharing a bed with his 3-year-old brother in a blanket. Pineda family lawyer Tony Buzbee told ABC News on February 21: “This boy died for no other reason than the company’s decisions. There are many decisions that have been made long ago leading to the boy’s death. That’s not acceptable”.
As of February 21, more than 30 people died in Texas in the past week due to record cold, including many from carbon monoxide poisoning from using cars or generators to heat during a power outage.
Attorney Buzbee represents seven families whose loved ones have been lost due to extreme weather, he said there will be more lawsuits against power companies.
Maria Pineda said her son is a healthy boy. The day before his death, the boy was played in the snow for the first time. Mrs. Pineda discovered her son was unresponsive the next day and called 911.
According to the Conroe Police Department, while the Pineda family believed the child froze because there was no heat, the official cause of death is still awaiting the autopsy results.
Entergy – a utility company that supplies power to customers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi – states: “We are deeply grieved by the loss of our lives in the community. We are currently unable to comment due to the ongoing lawsuit. out”.
ERCOT, which manages the grid for more than 25 million customers, said in a statement that it has not reviewed the lawsuit but will have a suitable response. “We share with all Texans who have suffered from this incident over the past week,” wrote the ERCOT statement.
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