A 75-year-old Bellevue woman is struggling to recover from the critical injuries she received when her car was struck by two vehicles that reportedly were racing on 13th Street in South Omaha.
Arlene Josoff was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center on Tuesday with potentially life-threatening injuries. She was listed in fair condition Thursday.
Kim Mitchell, Josoff's granddaughter, released a statement through the hospital that said, in part: “We would like everyone to know that Arlene has injuries to the brain, neck, wrist and ribs. She is in a lot of pain and we are taking it one day at a time. We don't know what the future holds for her. At 75 years old, Arlene has been a very independent person. She has not had to see a doctor in over 35 years.”
Omaha Police Sgt. Joe Collins said the men ticketed in the case are brothers who live in Omaha.
Francisco Jacinto, 26, was ticketed on suspicion of willful reckless driving and Israel Jacinto, 32, on suspicion of willful reckless driving with a suspended license.
The accident is still under investigation, Collins said, and the two men could face additional allegations after reports are reviewed by the Douglas County Attorney's Office.
Collins said Francisco Jacinto was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang and Israel Jacinto a 1995 Acura sedan south near 13th and Y Streets about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday when they collided with Josoff's vehicle.
Both vehicles were traveling over 60 mph, police said.
Witnesses told investigators that the Ford and the Acura appeared to be racing when they collided with Josoff's 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser near Mount Vernon Gardens. Josoff, eastbound on Y Street, was turning north onto 13th Street when the accident occurred, Collins said.
Mitchell, a driver's education instructor in Iowa, said Josoff's family is disappointed that the Jacinto brothers have not been taken into custody.
“These two are out walking the streets while we watch our mother, grandmother and aunt lay here in so much pain, not knowing if she will ever have her quality of life back,” she said.
Mitchell thanked neighbors and friends for their prayers as Josoff struggles to recover.
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