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Yi's family mourns at funeral service

Friends and family of 39 year old Jinglei Yi paid their respects at her funeral Sunday afternoon.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Friends and family of 39-year-old Jinglei Yi paid their respects at her funeral Sunday afternoon.

Yi was driving with her 5 year son, Le, when their SUV hit a patch of ice and crashed into a pond off Cooper Orbit Road, just east of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Rushmore Avenue Monday morning.

Little Rock Police are investigating why it took 30 minutes for help to arrive on the scene. The 911 operator who took Yi's call is currently relieved of duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Friends and family who spoke at her funeral focused on the woman who touched so many lives. Dayong Yang, Yi's husband, says she would still be here had she gotten the help she needed faster.

Pam Green worked with Yi and says she feels blessed to have known her. "She will be truly missed and forever loved by all."

Reverend Mike Wolf officiated the service and spoke of Jinglei's big, generous heart. He described her as a humble and kind woman, who was gentle and sincere. "A beloved daughter, a devoted wife, and a loving mother."

Yang says his wife's death is a tragedy that is devastating for the family, who is having a hard time accepting the fact Yi is gone. "Our 911 system, our life-line, failed us all this time."

Yang is pleading for answers from police, saying his wife didn't have to die. "Come up with a solution right away so that other families will not have to do through what we are going through."

Green says Yi was a tender nurse who touched many lives in her job, whose patients praised and loved her. "Jinglei never met a stranger whether it was patient, family member, or a coworker."

Wolf says those close to her will always remember her sweet smile, and how welcoming and comfortable she was to her around. "There is no doubt the world is a better place because Jinglei was here.

Le Yang, Yi's son, is still at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Little Rock Police have not released any information or given any answers as to why the 911 dispatcher only informed MEMS and not fire or police about the accident.
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