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City of Omaha dealing with 2 separate wrongful death suits

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 12:42:04-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two separate lawsuits are asking the city of Omaha to pay in the deaths of women killed in separate accidents in 2018.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that in the first case, 25-year-old Patty Leahy's car was struck by a vehicle driven by Tahjelle Jeffries, an unlicensed driver who ran a red light on Oct. 8, 2018.

The wrongful death lawsuit questions whether Jeffries had difficulty seeing the stoplight because of a pedestrian overpass nearby. The city wants the case dismissed.

Two weeks later, 76-year-old Marjorie Thurber fell on the sidewalk. She died five days later. A city attorney says the property owner — not the city — must maintain the sidewalk.

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