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Sep 11, 2013 11:52 AM by Caroline Flores

Mother Suing Chuck E Cheese for Son's Death in Parking Lot

CORPUS CHRISTI - The mother of a young boy run over in the parking lot at Chuck E. Cheese has filed a lawsuit against the company, property managers and the owners of the shopping center at Staples and S.P.I.D.

Three-year-old Eli Rodriguez was hit by a truck as he ran from his mom's car towards the restaurant's front door in May 2010. Surveillance video shows the driver had little time to react as the small boy darted out in front of her Ford. The boy's mother immediately ran to pick him up and started screaming for help. Eli died at the scene.

The child's mother, Yvonne Rosas, has filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million for herself and $30 million each for her two surviving children.

The lawsuit claims the other parties "failed to take any steps to protect children and others crossing the parking lot from traffic in the parking lot." It continues claiming Eli's death could have been prevented if the parking lot included "speed bumps, crosswalks with warning signs, speed limit signs, or routed traffic through one area while allowing children a traffic free path."

Just a few days ago, Chuck E. Cheese Corporation filed a motion asking that Rosas and the driver of the Ford should be named as defendants in the case, thereby making them liable for the boy's death.

The woman behind the wheel of the truck was never charged because investigators determined it was a tragic accident.

Yvonne Rosas and her lawyers did not want to comment on the lawsuit today. We also reached out to the attorneys for Chuck E. Cheese, the property owners, and the owners of the shopping center and parking lot for comment.

Only the property owner's attorney responded by telling us that the incident involving Eli is the only auto pedestrian accident that has ever been reported in that lot.

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