Families Reach $7.6 Million Settlement After Accidental Deaths

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News

LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Two North Texas families have signed off on a multi-million dollar settlement, ending litigation for the accidental deaths of two construction workers in Lewisville earlier this year.

Rafael Ruiz was part of a construction crew working on a Denton County Transportation Authority Park & Ride location in Lewisville on June 24, when a boom on a concrete pumping truck collapsed, hitting four people and killing two. Ruiz died instantly from the impact.
 Gerardo Horta Hernandez also died.

“I had him in my hands, and I was there with him,” said his son, Eulalio Ruiz, who was also working at the site that day and witnessed the accident.

Records from the U.S. Department of Labor show its Office of Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident and found an unsafe working environment where “proper maintenance checks are not performed.”

It cited the owner of the pump, Central Concrete Pumping out of Fort Worth, with a “serious” violation and fined them just $1,500.

“OSHA has been a watchdog with no teeth. They’re not issuing fines that are very large. They’re letting general contractors and big corporations to get away with, literally, murder,” said attorney Domingo Garica, who represents the Ruiz family.

Friday, he helped them reach their own deal with the companies involved, to split a $7.6 million settlement with Hernandez’ family.

“The money isn’t going to bring our father back,” said Eulalio.
 His family believes, though, it will help support the 12 children Ruiz left behind.

They also say the big dollar amounts offered in civil cases are the one only way they know to help keep construction companies accountable for the safety of their workers.

  • Hemroidious

    12 children? Were these two US citizens? Lawyers will get most of the money.

  • Hemroidious

    The Concrete company will file for bankruptcy and they will see very little of the money.

  • harperwc

    humor, andrea says garcia “helped” them reach an agreement. i wonder if he “helped” himself to a heathly fee, or if he was overcome by the Christmas spirit and figured out it is better to give than to receive…

    • Hemroidious

      I would bet his will come off the top.

  • kay dee

    The family members we saw on the news couldn’t speak English, so odds are they all illegals. And most of the 12 babies are probably anchor children, entitling them to American benefits.

    I’m sorry for their loss, but I am SICK of illegals getting American benefits! I have no problem with legal immigration, as my ancestors did, but entering the country illegally is criminal.

    Time our government stopped closing their eyes to illegals just to gain the Hispanic votes!

  • DLR

    Lawyer will def get the most out of the deal.. Sad but that’s how the guy works..

    Kay Dee-
    Get your facts straight before you open your mouth. You can’t assume that someone is illegal because they’re Hispanic. If the story said “white” family you be like “poor kids. Glad they found justice” stop being a hypocrite. You know you or your family wouldn’t be out there in 100degree weather and freezing temps to feed your family. These people do the labor that you & I would not be willing to do. FYI illegal immigration isn’t only coming from down south but also north east & west & you’re not complaining about that. Once again get your facts straight before talking and spreading non sense..
    Thank you

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