Pedestrian Struck By Semi Dies

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A pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a semi at South 36th Street and Edward Babe Gomez Avenue in Omaha Friday afternoon.

The 62-year-old woman lived in a nearby apartment complex and was returning home when the truck turning right hit her around noon. The driver said he didn't see her. Investigators say it was an accident. It is a heavy industrial area around the former stockyards site.

The woman's name has not been released pending notification of family.

Neighbors say the woman was returning from a grocery store with items in a small wagon. “It's always too fast here,” said Debra Myszkowski. “They zip up and down the street like there's no tomorrow."

It's hard for Myszkowski to understand why this happened to someone who was so giving of her positive energy. “She was not careless, she was cautious. She looked both ways. She always told us God bless and to have a safe and wonderful weekend."

Neighbors said other drivers had to get the semi driver's attention since it appeared he wasn't going to stop. “He started chasing him and got out of the car,” said Myszkowski. “Others were waving their hands at him."

David Camacho wasn't sure what he would tell his children about their apartment neighbor. “She always talks to me about her life. She was really a nice lady, always picking up the trash around here."

Those who live in the apartments where the victim lived are now pushing for more safety features on 36th Street, perhaps a crosswalk and light. They know they have the city's attention now, but wish it wouldn't have taken a death to do so.


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