Local News

Nov 22, 2013 4:41 PM

Companies Settle in Lawsuit Over Child's Death

CORPUS CHRISTI - Two of the three companies being sued by the mother of a child who died in the Chuck E Cheese parking lot have reached a settlement.

In 2010, 3-year-old Eli Rodriguez ran from his mother's car towards the front door of the restaurant on Staples Street. A woman leaving work in the same shopping center hit Eli when he darted out in front of her pickup.

The driver never had time to hit the brakes and avoid hitting the boy. She was not charged for the accident.

His mother, filed a lawsuit against Chuck E Cheese, the shopping center property owners and the property managers seeking $50 million for herself and $30 million for each of her surviving children.

She claimed the companies failed to provide a safe environment. The plaintiffs were represented by the firm of Hillard, Munoz, and Gonzalez and attorney James Ragan.

On Thursday, C.C. Quality Construction and Chuck E Cheese agreed to a confidential out of court settlement before the lawsuit made it to trial.

According to court documents obtained by KRIS 6 News, Eli's 17-year-old sister will receive periodic payments from the companies. A trust will be set up for her 13-year-old brother.

The third company being sued did not take part in the settlement. Corpus Christi Realty Management is expected to take the case to trial in February.

Related Stories

»Comments

More News

Top Videos

1 2 3 4

Submit News

Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.

Most Popular

KRISTV.COM is Social!


Click the icons above to receive News, Weather, and Sports alerts from KRISTV.COM!

Inside KRISTV.COM

Contact Us
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Photo Central
Look at photos and videos and share them!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
Texas Lottery
See the latest winning numbers!
6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more