Source: Channel 6 News | KRIS TV by Sara Donchey
CORPUS CHRISTI - More than four years after a three-year-old boy was hit and killed by a truck in a Chuck E. Cheese parking lot, construction has been completed on several safety upgrades to the lot.
In May of 2010, Yvonne Rosas's son Eli was hit and killed by a truck just outside the Chuck E. Cheese on Staples St. and South Padre Island Drive.
Since that day, Rosas has been pushing for the business to make changes to their parking lot.
There are now pedestrian signs, bright yellow striping on the pavement, and two large speed bumps in the busy lot.
Rosas says it's a painful, but necessary reminder of the loss of her son.
"It's bittersweet. But at least after this, it will protect other children and other families from it happening to them," Rosas said.
Rosas's attorney, Bob Hilliard, pointed out that the parking lot is often used as a shortcut by impatient drivers who want a faster way to get to SPID.
The lot is also adjacent to several other large retailers.
"Every parent knows that you can't keep your eye on your kids all the time, as hard as you try," Hilliard said. "This gives parents an extra chance not to have to live with the death of a child, and it's a reasonable thing to do."
Rosas filed a lawsuit against the company, and settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
But even after an agreement was reached, Hilliard said it took another year for the the company to make the parking lot upgrades.
For Rosas, it was a year well spent.
"It was a process," Rosas said. "Bob Hilliard and my other attorneys were on top of it to get this done, because this is what we wanted. This is the ending that we wanted."