Lawyer: Family wants justice after Merrimack Valley gas explosions death

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a teen killed when a series of natural gas explosions and explosions rocked communities north of Boston plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility company.

Attorney Doug Sheff told reporters Thursday that Columbia Gas was reckless and should have to pay for last month’s death of Leonel Rondon.

The high school junior died after the chimney of an exploding house crashed into his car and crushed him. He had received his driver’s license just hours earlier.

Sheff says Rondon’s family “wants justice.” He says the complaint will be filed at a later date.

The National Transportation Safety Board says over-pressurized gas lines caused the explosions.

A Columbia Gas spokesman said the company won’t comment on the litigation, but said their “hearts go out to the Rondon family.”

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