The parents of two children electrocuted by a downed power line in Fort Worth are suing the electric utility Oncor.
12-year-old Alex and 11-year-old Isaiah Lopez died last March after they came in contact with a live power line while they were playing in a wooded area of Oaklawn Lake Park in Fort Worth. Their family says the boys were inseparable.
The attorney for the boys’ mother says the energized power line had been down for at least 18 hours following a storm. The lawsuit says Alex was first to come in contact with the power line. The attorney says the younger brother also died when he tried to save his brother.
“To lose a child is unimaginable,” said Jeffery Rasansky, the mother’s attorney. “To lose both your children is beyond catastrophic and tragic. It's clearly a travesty."
The lawsuit says Oncor has the technology that should have detected the downed power line. The suit asks for damages of up to $40 million.
"Our best guess is this energized power electric line had been down for more than a day, close to 18 hours probably,” Rasansky said.
The friends that were with the brothers told their mother that Isaiah asked them to go for help and said he was going to save his brother.
“She wakes up every day thinking about her children and what they suffered and endured,” the family’s attorney said.
In a statement, Oncor says they again express their condolences for the Lopez family for their loss. They said they are aware of the lawsuit but have not been served yet and do not want to comment on pending or ongoing litigation.
The family's attorney says after Oncor is served, they have 20 days to respond to the suit. But he says they're ready to take this all the way to a jury trial.