Update: Pedestrian Killed Identified As Former State Sen. Jennie Robak

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A former Nebraska lawmaker died Friday after being struck by a car in a Lincoln grocery store parking lot.

Former state Sen. Jennie Robak, who served in the Legislature for 14 years, was killed when a car driven by an 88-year-old woman backed into and pinned her outside of the Hy-Vee at South 70th Street and Pioneers Boulevard around 1 p.m.

Police said it's up to the county attorney to decide if the driver will be charged.

DiAnna Schimek, a friend and former colleague in the Legislature, described the 81-year-old Robak as a woman with a "sparkly personality" who cared deeply about mental health issues.

Robak represented the Columbus area in the Legislature from 1989 until 2003. She is the mother of former Nebraska Lt. Gov. Kim Robak.

Before she was elected, Jennie Robak volunteered for the American Red Cross and worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


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