Houston -The lawsuit alleges that the Texas Electric Power Reliability Commission and Entergy, a utility company that serves areas north of Harris County, were grossly negligent in their duties after a boy died in Conroe in sub-freezing weather this week.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee Law Firm represented the Pineda family in litigation concerning the death of Cristian Pineda, 11 years old.
Investigators said they are still working to determine the cause of Christian̵
However, the family stated in the lawsuit that they believed that the temperature of their mobile home was close to 10 degrees on Tuesday night, and that the temperature was cut off during the storm and killed the boy.
According to court documents provided by the Butzby Law Firm, the family stated that they had squeezed into a room to stay warm. Cristian’s mother and stepfather are with their baby boy, while Cristian shares a bed with his younger brother. Christian was found unconscious the next morning. The family called 911 and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but Christian was dead.
In the lawsuit, the family accused ERCOT and Entergy of failing to warn people of danger, failing to provide customers with inaccurate and incomplete advice and information, and participating in and contributing to the behavior that led to the incident.
The family is seeking $100 million in compensation.
Entergy issued the following written statement regarding the lawsuit: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in the community. As the lawsuit is pending, we cannot comment.”
KPRC 2 also asked ERCOT to provide a statement about the lawsuit.
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