JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jewish community in Mandarin is hoping for some safety changes to intersections off San Jose Boulevard. Friday, around the start of Yom Kippur, a mother and her daughter were hit by a car trying to cross that road.
Police say the woman, Esther Ohayon, 57, died. Her daughter has life-threatenig injuries and was transported to UF Health. Jacksonville Jewish Center member Marco Rand says on Yom Kippur, synagogue members cannot use electronics or even cars.
"There's to be no work, no driving that includes going to and from synagogue. They were probably walking to Etz Chaim Synagogue," Rand said.
Rand says now, during one of the holiest days of the year, the Jewish community will pray for this woman and her family.
And also that something can be done for those who walk this intersection every week.
Action news spoke to waitresses at a restaurant at that intersection.
They say they aren't surprised this happened because they see people trying to get across it all the time.