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Jul 30, 2014 6:16 PM by Janine Reyes

Promised Parking Lot Safety Upgrades Not Completed at Chuck E. Cheese's

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A controversial settlement reached six months ago had Chuck E. Cheese's paying out cash to the family of a boy killed in their parking lot.

But, it also required the management company where the play place sits to make their parking lot safer.

It should have been done back in March, today, it's not.

We caught up with little Hailey and her mom as they made their way in to Chuck E. Cheese's today.

Before even getting out of the car, Mary Montgomery made one rule very clear to her daughter.

"I just had a conversation with her before I got her out saying 'there's lots of cars, you can't run away you have to hold my hand,'" Montgomery told us.

It is the very same parking lot where Eli Rodriguez died in 2010.

His mom sued and Chuck E. Cheese's settled for an undisclosed amount.

Perhaps more important for the parents walking into the play place today, Corpus Christi Realty Management, the lot owners where Chuck E. Cheese's is located, agreed to put some safety measures in place. They are measures attorney Bob Hilliard calls life saving, by using a demonstration to show how differently the scenario would have played out if there were speed bumps and stop signs in the lot.

"This parking lot is where kids who are very excited are trying to get inside Chuck E. Cheese's and parents are trying to corral other kids and bring gifts in so sooner or later something could happen," Hillard told us back in February.

It's now 6 months later, and at the Chuck E Cheese's parking lot, nothing has changed.

"Does this parking lot look safe to you," we asked parent Jeremy Munoz. "Not really," he replied.

Hilliard threatened to take Corpus Christi Realty Management back to court if they don't comply. The result, he says, is that it will be done by August 23rd.

"If a child is hurt or killed because they delayed this and drug their feet then that's going to be a difficult thing to defend," Hilliard told us today.

Until then, Mary has a solution of her own.

"I'm safer telling her that she has to hold my hand that she can't run away," she told us.

We did reach out to the management company but our calls were not returned.


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