By Jon Onathan Stampel
() – The mother of an 11-year-old boy who died after they lost their electricity and heat in a Texas mobile home during last week’s frostbite has filed a $ 100 million lawsuit against two utility companies for gross negligence.
Maria Pineda said the Texas Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) and Entergy Corp were responsible for the death of her son Christian, who was found unresponsive on the morning of February 16 at the house where he shared a bed with his 3-year-old brother.
More than 4 million people lost power in Texas last week, at least two dozen people died after a snowstorm in the state, and temperatures dropped below freezing.
In a complaint filed Saturday, the defendants were accused of “completely unprepared” for “freezing” the electricity grid in 2011 after freezing, and were caught “completely unprepared” when the grid failed last week.
“Christian’s death was frozen” because the grid was not a priority, the energy carrier made profit-based decisions, “said a lawsuit filed in ff epherson district court.
The family lives in Conro, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
ERCOT, which operates about 90 percent of Texas Electricity, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Entergy refused to discuss the lawsuit, but the speaker said. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community.”
Pineda’s lawyer, Tony Busby, told ABC News that he was representing seven families who had died in the aftermath of the storm and that more lawsuits were pending against the utility companies. ABC News reports that Kristyan is being autopsied.
ERCOT began changing the outages on February 15, saying they were needed to prevent cascading, state-level failures.
President Biden proved that a major disaster was declared for Texas on Saturday.
Texas has an unusual, regulated energy market that allows it to avoid federal regulation but limits the ability to draw emergency power from other networks.