One of two brothers ticketed in a crash that critically injured a 75-year-old Bellevue woman reached out to her Saturday to wish her a speedy recovery.
Francisco Jacinto, 26, of Omaha called Arlene Josoff in her Nebraska Medical Center room, according to the woman's daughter, Donna Josoff of Centerville, Iowa.
Jacinto was placed on a speaker phone after his sister, Ofelia Rodriguez, had called to offer her help as a home care worker.
“He apologized, and that really surprised me that he would come forward and not be cold-hearted,” Donna Josoff said.
Jacinto and his brother Israel Jacinto were ticketed on suspicion of willful reckless driving after their vehicles struck Arlene Josoff's car about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at 13th and Y Streets.
Police said the brothers were southbound on 13th Street at more than 60 mph. Josoff had been turning north on 13th Street from Y Street.
Rodriguez said her brothers were hurrying from one construction job to another — not street racing, as witnesses told police.
Donna Josoff said her mother is in fair condition after injuries to the brain, neck, wrist and ribs.
She said her mother “will probably never be the same again” but had taken her first few steps Saturday and hopes to be released to a care center near her daughter in a few days.
“She was glad that (the Jacinto family) called,” Donna Josoff said. “She had been wondering.”
Rodriguez said her family is praying for the woman's recovery.
“We all thank God that this lady was not killed,” she said.
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