ONLY ON CBS7: Company didn't tell mother when son was killed on the job

Published: Mar. 15, 2019 at 7:21 PM CDT
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A mother is looking for answers after her son’s sudden death. Anthony Lara was on a work site when he was killed by an

last Monday.

His mother, Mara Lara, says she knew nothing about what happened until a funeral home called her, and said they had her son's body.

“I was in disbelief,” Lara said. “I was like ‘No it can’t be. No one’s called me,’ and the man at the funeral home said ‘No one has called you? I’m surprised nobody has called you.’”

Lara said Anthony left their home in San Antonio to pursue his dream career as a welder. She said his plan was to get some experience working in the Permian Basin, before going back home.

“I’m just devastated,” Lara sobbed. “He was such a good kid. He was my world.”

Anthony worked for Petroplex Pipe and Construction. Mara said all the details she knows about her son’s death she learned from the news, and the company hasn’t told her anything.

“They did send a card with flowers, but other than that no,” Lara said. “They did not notify me that my son had died. They didn’t notify me there’d been an incident. To this day I have not personally talked to anybody from Petroplex Pipe and Construction.”

CBS7 called the company to get an explanation, and got put through to Vice President Jo Ann Bridges.

She said “We have no statement to give you. Do not call here again,” before hanging up the phone.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Lara said. “I deserve answers. I want to know what happened.”

Lara said Anthony was the oldest of her six children, and all of them looked up to him. She said that while her teenagers understand what happened, the younger kids still think their brother will be coming home.