• May 22, 2017

Teen Killed in Laredo, TX, Electrocution Accident off Alabama

Laredo, TX -- May 21, 2017, a teenage boy was killed as the result of an accident where he was electrocuted by a downed power line off Alabama Avenue.

Laredo emergency departments were busy during the afternoon and evening hours of Sunday as severe storms caused many issues throughout the city.

Just off the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Hillside Road, a power line was downed by the storms, leaving the power lines on the roadway. Some time later, a 13-year-old boy somehow came into contact with the live wire, electrocuting him.

It's unclear at this time if the power company was informed of the downed lines. Investigations are currently ongoing.

Map of the Area

Commentary

The key detail that always needs to be looked into with these kinds of accidents is the timing of everything surrounding the incident. Reports are saying that storms knocked down many power lines in the afternoon hours of Sunday, though they don't say exactly when the boy was electrocuted. If the power company never received word that the lines were downed or there was only a few minutes between them receiving word and the boy being shocked, then it's entirely reasonable they wouldn't have been able to intervene in time to prevent the incident.

That being said, there are many times where a power company is informed of a downed power line, yet they don't shut the power off for several hours. In these cases, there are few reasons which could excuse such reckless behavior, especially in an area like this surrounded by homes, shops, and churches. Neglecting to act promptly in dealing with deadly hazards is what cam lead to these kinds of tragic accidents.

Now like I said, it all depends on timing. Did the power company know the line was down, and how much time passed between the reports and the boy being fatally injured. Determining this will take thorough investigations by a private professional. Doing so can help provide closure to those most affected by this accident.

--Grossman Law Offices

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