A career criminal with a long history of theft strikes again, but this time his actions lead to the death of a young Bellevue woman. Now as the family mourns they want to know why the man was on the streets of Omaha in the first place.
28-year-old Jennifer Siemens is described by her parents as everyone’s friend. “She found the good in everybody and she was a friend to practically everyone she met. Loyal, funny, scarily bright,” said Jennifer’s mother Ruth Siemens.
A bright light in the community taken too soon and police say Jefferson Potter of Lincoln is to blame. Police say Potter stole a landscaping truck in Omaha Friday morning. During the getaway he hit several cars near Saddle Creek and Leavenworth, including the one that Siemens and her fiancé were in.
Siemens was rushed to the hospital where she later died. “We are very angry at this young man. He’ll never know what he took,” said Ruth.
While the family mourns the loss of their daughter, they also can’t help but ask the question, why was this man on the streets with his criminal history? Jennifer’s father Kevin Siemens said, “In and out of jail, probation violations, he was supposed to be in Lincoln, but he decided to walk down the street in Omaha I assume with a gun and walked by and said you know I'll steal this truck. What possibly could come from this? That one decision set in motion a chain of events while unpredictable, changed a lot of lives."
Siemens parents are trying to take whatever good can come from this. They donated Siemens organs like they said she would have wanted. Ensuring that Siemens legacy of kindness will live on.
The Siemens family also wants to thank all those out at the scene of the accident that helped their daughter and the other victims. As for Potter, he will be in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.