The family’s lawyer said, “This is a young man who died for no reason other than corporate decisions.”
The family of an 11-year-old boy who died of lightning during a cold snap in a Texas home last week is suing the electricity company Entry and State Grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for more than $ 100 million is. According to reports.
The Houston Chronicle reported that the wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Jefferson County District Court, alleging that the boy’s suspected hypothermia, Christian Pavone Pineda, contributed to the widespread blackout.
The lawsuit also alleges that ERCOT and the energy company could have prevented death had they properly guarded the energy grid against winter weather, or warned long-term residents. This entry accuses Texas and ERCOT of gross negligence.
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“Despite being aware of weather forecasts at least a week in advance, and the knowledge that the system had not been ready for over a decade, ERCOT and Entergy failed to take any precautionary measures to avoid the crisis and According to ABC News as a whole, the lawsuit is not designed to deal with the crisis.
The ERCOT is an independent grid, which means that it is not subject to federal regulation or, according to the paper, required to winterize the electric grid.
“Of course, just because it is not legally required to do so, it does not mean that failing to do so is appropriate behavior,” the lawsuit alleges. “ERCOT failed all Texans, and allowed providers to fail Texans.”
A spokesperson for Entergy Texas said Houston Chronicle The company cannot comment due to pending litigation.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and property in our community,” the company said.
“It is a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” ERCOT said in a statement. “We have not yet reviewed any pending lawsuits and will respond accordingly once we do.”
Christian Pavone Pineda, who emigrated to the US with his family two years ago – was found dead on his bed last week – after spending some time in the snow for the first time in his life, his family reported The paper.
“This was his” first time (seeing snow). So he was excited outside, “said his mother, Maria Alyssa Pineda, on Thursday.” everything was OK. He Was happy that day. He Was not ill at all. “
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The report stated that the Conroe Mobile Park home was in a state of being lost on Monday morning and the family warmed up together to stay warm.
The family said the child – who was found unresponsive the next day – froze to death. According to Conroe Police, the official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.
“This is a young man who died of any reason other than corporate decisions,” the Pineda family lawyer told ABC News on Sunday.
Last week, Greg Abbott, a Texas government teacher, said he ordered an investigation into EROCT amid a statewide blackout in icy temperatures.
Abbott wrote in a statement, “Far too many Texans have no electricity and heat for their homes, as temperatures and severe winters in our state are unacceptable.”
ERCOT officials have defended their preparations and it has been decided to start a forced outage on Monday to reach the breaking point from the grid. The agency previously said it took drastic action to avoid a terrible statewide blackout.
About 40 miles north of Houston is Conroe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report