JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner described Esther Ohayon as the strong, silent type.
"Soft spoken, patient, loved children," he said.
She was a beloved preschool teacher at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Mandarin.
Lubliner said she was "just always loving. And what you would imagine the ideal preschool teacher to be like."
But her life was cut short Friday as she walked to her neighborhood synagogue. She and her daughter, Orly, were hit by a car as they crossed San Jose Boulevard at Haley Road. Esther was killed. Orly, 16, was badly injured and is now hospitalized in serious condition.
It was a tragic accident that the rabbi feared would happen someday.
"It is a heavily used intersection for Sabbath observant people," said Lubliner.
He says this intersection has always been a concern for Jewish people in this neighborhood. He says there have been several close calls there, and now, a death.
Ohayon's body is on its way to Israel to be buried.
Her daughter is expected to survive, but has now lost both of her parents.
The Jacksonville Jewish Center issued a statement asking those who would like to visit Orly Ohayon in the hospital to wait until tomorrow or Wednesday to give her time to heal