CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (November 26, 2014) â€“ Bob Hilliard, of Texas law firm Hilliard MuÃ±oz Gonzales LLP, secured safety improvements on the Chuck E. Cheese parking lot after 3-year-old Eli Joaquin Rodriguez was tragically run over by a car on May 24th 2010.
Rodriquez died when he ran out in front of a pickup truck leaving a nearby business. Security footage from the restaurant shows the boy get out of the car and run across the parking lot by himself. The driver of the pickup told police that she never saw the boy and stopped immediately after hitting him. Eliâ€™s mother, Yvonne Rosas, ran up immediately and screamed for help.
â€œAs a result of negligent conduct and resulting collision, Eli Rodriguez was killed. Despite knowing that children routinely crossed the parking lot to access Chuck E. Cheese, the children were not protected due to any regulation, guidance or limitations through the area from traffic,â€ Bob Hilliard said. â€œNow, safety measures are in place so that no other child will be in a danger zone crossing into Chuck E. Cheese.â€
As a result of a settlement outside of court with Eliâ€™s family, Corpus Christi Realty Management, CEC Entertainment and C.C. Quality Construction, Inc. recently completed plan improvements to the parking lot, including installing double speed bumps in the lanes of travel in front of the restaurant, a yield and a pedestrian sign. Also added is a yellow cross walk sign and a stop sign going out of the parking lot. Traffic is now also blocked from in front of the restaurant and front parking spaces are eliminated.
â€œSecuring a traffic-free path for children is paramount to childrenâ€™s safety,â€ Hilliard said. â€œThe space now follows regulation guidelines and eliminates the obvious safety risk that previously exited.â€