Mother of child killed in accident speaks out

by Benjamin Treviño | May 8th, 2024 | Blog

PHARR – The mother of an eight-year-old boy who was fatally struck while riding his bicycle has shared her grief with the public.

Sonia Hernandez of Pharr spoke with KRGV-TV reporter Sarah Cervera about the death of her son, Caleb Ramirez, which occurred April 26 about 7:30 p.m. outside the family home in the 700 block of East Eller Street.

“He was real silly,” Hernandez said in her interview with Cervera. “He played with everyone. He was the nicest little boy. He had his morals.”

According to Pharr police, Ramirez was riding his bicycle on the street when he was hit by a pickup truck. Hernandez says the incident was recorded by a home surveillance camera.

“The video shows where he looked both ways, no cars and by then there was a truck parked on the curb, so to Caleb there was no danger,” Hernandez said the interview. “As he started peddling, the truck took off, and he ran over my baby.”

Pharr police have not released the name of the driver, but they have said he remained at the scene the accident and that he has cooperated with their investigation. No charges have been filed against him.

Hernandez said in her interview that the community created a makeshift memorial for Caleb, and she urged parents to cherish their time with their children.

“Love your babies. Don’t go a day without saying goodbye or without kissing them to take pictures with them,” Hernandez said.


What is loss of consortium?

In Texas, loss of consortium is a legal tort which holds that someone else’s negligence deprived a plaintiff of the benefits of a relationship due to an injury or death. It most often arises in wrongful death civil lawsuits.

Loss of consortium applies only to the loss of a relationship with a child, parent, or spouse. A sibling cannot seek loss of consortium for the death of another sibling, nor can members of the extended family.

Loss of a Child

In Texas, there is a limitation on a loss of consortium claim involving a child. For example, a woman can claim loss of consortium for an injury to her husband, but she cannot do the same when her child is injured. A parent is not able to recover loss of consortium damages for an injured child. However, if the accident results in the wrongful death of the child, they are able to take legal action.

While there is no amount of money that can take away the grief of losing a child, the financial award from the claim can help to ease the financial hardship that results from the loss.


Gonzalez can help

If you experienced the loss of companionship due to another’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for loss of consortium. The personal injury attorneys at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm are ready to help you explore your options.

Schedule a consultation with the J. Gonzalez legal team today to learn more about the options that might be available in your particular case. Call 1-800-CAR-CRASH to get started right away.





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