The household of an 11-year-old boy, who died in a Texas residence that suffered energy loss through the chilly snap final week, is suing energy firm Entergy and state grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for greater than $100 million, in response to experiences. The wrongful demise lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County District Court, alleges that widespread blackouts contributed to the suspected hypothermia demise of the boy, Cristian Pavón Pineda, the Houston Chronicle reported. The lawsuit additionally alleges that ERCOT and the power firm might have prevented the demise had they correctly protected the power grid in opposition to extreme winter climate, or warned residents of extended outages. It accuses Entergy Texas and ERCOT of gross negligence.HOSPITALS CONFRONT WATER SHORTAGES IN WINTER STORM AFTERMATH”Despite having information of the dire climate forecast for no less than per week upfront, and the information that the system was not ready for greater than a decade, ERCOT and Entergy didn’t take any preemptory motion that might have averted the disaster and had been wholly unprepared to cope with the disaster at hand,” the lawsuit said, in response to ABC News.ERCOT is an impartial grid, which means it’s not topic to federal regulation or required to winterize the electrical grid, in response to the paper. “Of course, simply because it’s not legally required to take action, doesn’t imply that failing to take action is affordable habits,” the lawsuit alleges. “ERCOT failed all Texans, and allowed suppliers to fail Texans.”A spokesperson for Entergy Texas informed the Houston Chronicle that the corporate couldn’t remark attributable to pending litigation.”We are deeply saddened by the lack of life in our group,” the corporate mentioned.”This is a tragedy, and our ideas and prayers are with the household,” ERCOT mentioned in an announcement. “We haven’t reviewed any pending lawsuits but and can reply accordingly as soon as we do.”Cristian Pavón Pineda, who immigrated to the U.S. along with his household two years in the past — was discovered lifeless in his mattress final week — after spending a while out within the snow for the primary time in his life, his household informed the paper.
Maria Pineda speaks in Conroe, Texas on Feb. 18, 2021. Pineda son, Cristian Pavon Pineda, 11, died of suspected hypothermia as temperatures plummeted into the teenagers. (Gustavo Huerta/Houston Chronicle by way of AP, File)
“It was his “first time (seeing snow). That’s why he was excited exterior,” mentioned his mom, Maria Elisa Pineda on Thursday. “Everything was properly. He was blissful that day. He was in no way sick.”BIDEN COULD VISIT STORM-RAVAGED TEXAS ‘AS SOON AS THIS WEEK,’ WHITE HOUSE SAYSThe Conroe cell park residence they had been staying in misplaced energy Monday morning and the household huddled collectively to remain heat as temperatures plunged into the only digits, experiences mentioned. The household mentioned the kid — who was discovered unresponsive the following day — froze to demise. The official reason behind demise is pending the outcomes of an post-mortem, in response to Conroe police.”This is a younger man who died for no cause aside from company selections,” the Pineda household legal professional informed ABC News on Sunday.Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican mentioned he ordered an investigation into ERCOT amid statewide blackouts in freezing temperatures. “Far too many Texans are with out energy and warmth for his or her properties as our state faces freezing temperatures and extreme winter climate. This is unacceptable,” Abbott wrote in an announcement. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP   ERCOT officers have defended their preparations and the choice to start compelled outages Monday because the grid reached a breaking level. The company beforehand mentioned that it took drastic motion to keep away from a catastrophic statewide blackout.Conroe is about 40 miles north of Houston. The Associated Press contributed to this report