The city of Omaha was recently targeted on two unlawful death suits for the death of two women in 2018. According to the charges, the women’s families want the city to pay for their deaths, but the city has since declined responsibility and is demanding that the cases be dismissed.
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The two suits revolve around two women who were killed within three weeks of each other in October 2018. The first incident occurred on October 8, 2018 and involved Patty Leahy. According to her family’s lawsuit, Leahy was “driving west on Grover Street when an unlicensed driver driving north on 42nd Street t-billed her car.” The driver who hit her was Tahjelle Jeffries. At the time of the accident, Jeffries happened to be driving without a license and gave a red light just before Leahy. As a result, he was charged with motor vehicle murder and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
According to Joe Howard, Leahy’s family lawyer, they want the intersection to be safer. He added that her lawsuit “questions whether Jeffries had difficulty seeing the traffic lights because of a pedestrian overpass south of the intersection.” A hearing on the suit is scheduled for this month. Howard said, “They just want something to change … It’s a really sad deal. She had a bright future ahead of her. “
The second incident occurred on October 21, 2018 and affects Marjorie Thurber. That day she was taking her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to the Big Brain Tattoo in the Old Market when Thurber fell on the sidewalk near 11th Street and Jackson Street. Thurber, 76, hit his head in the fall and died five days later from the head injury. “According to her family’s complaint,” part of the sidewalk was broken and not repaired. ” In addition, the lawsuit alleges that “the city and the building’s owner, Witherspoon Management Co., negligently allowed cracked, swaying, and uneven sidewalks in a pedestrianized area and failed to warn of the inappropriately dangerous condition of the sidewalk.”
Mary Elliston, the assistant prosecutor, backed up against the allegations, saying the “City bylaws say the owner of the adjacent property – not the city – is responsible for all damage and injury if they fail to keep the sidewalk next to their property under repair . “
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City of Omaha dealing with two separate false death suits