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Accident Victim's Life Changed Forever

An elderly Omaha woman is recovering after being caught in the middle of a street car race on a city street last Tuesday morning. Her daughter is upset and claims the intersection where the crash happened is unsafe.

“She has a gash from one side of her forehead to another, probably a five-inch gash with blood behind it. She has broken bones in her neck. She has a broken wrist and four broken bones."

Seventy-five-year-old Arlene Josoff is lucky to be alive. According to police, two cars were racing southbound on 13th Street. Twenty-six-year-old Francisco Jacinto and 32-year-old Israel Jacinto were driving too fast. Josoff was pulling out onto 13th Street from Y Street. There was a collision and Arlene and her PT Cruiser took the brunt of the crash.

“My mother wants to know why haven't those boys called us,” said daughter Donna Josoff. “Have you heard from the boys? That's what she asks. We're not going to hear from them. They're not gonna call you and apology."

Donna says the intersection at 13th and Y where the crash occurred is a dangerous one. That, combined with street racing, may have changed life forever for her once independent mother. "I don't know when I'll get her home. She’s never going to be able to do the things she did before the accident happened."

Donna says her mother’s memory comes and goes and when it comes she would like to hear from the two men who allegedly caused this. “An apology would be nice. I know that's not going to make her better, but she sure wants to know why they haven't called her."

Both Francisco and Israel were cited for willful reckless driving. Israel was also cited for driving under suspension. Donna believes it could take up to two months for her mother to heal.


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