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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.

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