City of Omaha dealing with 2 separate wrongful death suits

December 28, 2020 GMT

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 the city said it was not at fault in either accident.

In the first case, 25-year-old Patty Leahy’s car was struck by an unlicensed driver who ran a red light on Oct. 8, 2018. The driver was sentenced to 18 months in jail for motor vehicle homicide and other charges.


The wrongful death lawsuit questions whether Jeffries had difficulty seeing the stoplight because of a pedestrian overpass near the intersection.

The city wants the case dismissed. A hearing is next month.

On Oct. 21, 2018, 76-year-old Marjorie Thurber, her daughter-in-law and granddaughter were walking to a tattoo shop when Thurber fell on the sidewalk. She struck her head and died five days later.

Her family’s lawsuit said the city had failed to fix a damaged sidewalk near a business.

Assistant City Attorney Mary Elliston said a city ordinance requires the property owner — not the city — to maintain the sidewalk.