Posted By: Camila Orti
Joyce Meeks was killed when an inmate driving a state van hit her. Although charges have not been filed against the inmate, the family is planning to sue.
Tim Cavanagh, the Meeks' family attorney, told us that they are currently working on the lawsuit, but are still waiting on details from the investigation, including a toxicology report.
The Meeks family is dealing with the painful loss of mother and grandmother Joyce Meeks.
"She will be sadly missed by a lot, because she made a huge impact on a lot of people," cousin Akida Holmes said.
Cavanagh, who works in Chicago, is helping the family hash out the details to file a lawsuit.
"This is a very difficult time for the family and friends of Joyce, and they're dealing with it as best they can," Cavanagh said. "The prosecution of this case is now in our hands and we are moving on that as quickly as possible."
Inmate Jeremy Dobbe was driving a state van used to transport inmates to and from their work release when he hit Meek's car on Tuesday, June 25th.
The accident happened at 18th and Van Dorn streets. Meeks died at the scene.
Moments before, there were 911 calls saying Dobbe's driving was erratic, but police have not yet said what officially caused the crash.
Ever since the accident, the inmate driver program has come under fire. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services ended the program last Friday.
"If we had any thoughts that something like this could happen, we'd have changed that the moment, the second we came to that awareness," Director of Corrections Robert Houston said.
At a news conference Monday, Gov. Dave Heineman said he thinks ending the program was the right move.
"The people in our correctional system, I think it's fair to say made some mistakes- in many cases very bad mistakes," Heineman said.
Cavanagh says he plans on holding a press conference as soon as the county attorney files charges, possibly some time next week.