The family of an 11-year-old Texas boy sued the energy companies for his death. In the lawsuit, he accuses them of gross negligence and is demanding $ 100 million in damages. According to the mother, the boy died of a cold.
Cristian Pineda’s family has filed a lawsuit against energy suppliers ERCOT and Entergy Corporation in the Jefferson County District Court. He accuses companies of gross negligence and “putting profits over people’s welfare” and ignoring previous recommendations to prepare for the coming winter.
ABC News reminds that the colossal failure last week left more than four million customers of companies without electricity. The temperature in some parts of the state has dropped to about 15-17 degrees C below zero.
“Despite the fact that the weather forecast was known at least a week in advance, and it was known that the system had been unprepared for over a decade, ERCOT and Entergy did not take any action that could warn against a crisis for which they were completely unprepared” – the lawsuit says, electricity “to those most exposed to the cold.
“There were reports showing empty office buildings in downtown Houston that had power, but the mobile home park was left without power,” the lawsuit said.
Cristian died on Tuesday at the family’s mobile home in Conroe, a suburb of Houston. His mother Maria Pineda suspects that the cause of death was hypothermia. hypothermia.
“He is a young man who died for no other reason other than corporate decisions. (…) This is unacceptable,” family lawyer Tony Buzbee argued in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.
More than 30 people died in Texas last week. Some from carbon monoxide poisoning because they used cars or generators for heating.
“Cristian’s lawsuit is the first and should be the first. (…) This kid will change Texas and God bless him for it” – added the lawyer, announcing further trials.
ABC News notes that the sixth year immigrant came to the US two years ago with his family. According to his mother, he was healthy and played in the snow for the first time in his life the day before he died. She claims that the child froze to death. The official cause of death will be given after the autopsy.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community. We cannot comment on this due to the pending legal proceedings,” cites ABC’s statement from Entergy, which supplies electricity to residents of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
ERCOT, which manages the electricity network for over 25 million customers, issued a similar statement. He also argued that network operators, by switching off the electricity, made the right choice “to avoid state-wide failures”.
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