The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda, who died of hypothermia in Texas last week, is demanding $ 100 million, around $ 82 million, from two local energy companies. According to her, they are responsible for the death of her son.
Extremely cold winter weather in the US state of Texas caused approximately two million households to be without electricity last week. That has now been solved, but the problem now is drinking water. The power cuts of the past five days have also shut down the water treatment plants.
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The Pineda family was also affected by the power outage. Son Cristian came to the United States in 2019 with his mother and brothers and sisters from his native Honduras to build a better life. The family was without power for two days and was forced to huddle together for some warmth. When his mother tried to wake Cristian in the morning, he stopped responding. The woman resuscitated her son, but to no avail. 11-year-old Cristian had died on the spot.
The woman holds two energy companies responsible for his death. According to her, the companies ignored calls to “winterize” the installations. “ERCOT and Entergy have not taken any preventive action that could have averted the crisis,” the charges said. Also, according to the family’s lawyer, the companies communicated extremely poorly with their customers prior to the freezing cold.
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