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Preschool teacher killed at crosswalk near synagogue

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Updated: 9/16/2013 7:37 pm
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
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greenleaf - 9/16/2013 6:23 PM
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Can Action News Jax PLEASE tell me why their continued coverage of the pedestrian intersections and lights does not even include the fact that it was the SAME MAN who killed the 6 year old girl 4 years ago, 4 blocks away on san jose, who ran down and killed Esther? Isn't this important information? The light safety at these intersections is important. But there would be NO deaths if it weren't for a careless, selfish man with over 20 traffic citations and now two murders on his hands. THIS MAN needs to be removed from society just as much as the lights and intersections needs to change. No matter what, the traffic light WILL TURN GREEN, and cars will go. But if this man continues to be allowed to live freely in this community, he will continue to run down women and children with no regard for life... the deaths will never stop until he is in prison.
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