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Pedestrian treated after being struck by vehicle while crossing North Pleasant Street in Amherst

A 19-year-old woman crossing North Pleasant Street in a crosswalk after getting off a bus suffered bruises after being hit by a vehicle Thursday evening, police said.

Jenna Rose Bankey of Newport, R.I., was walking with several other people in the area of 995 North Pleasant St. near Crestview Apartments at 5:23 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla driven by Jacqueline Anne Dibella, 21, of Needham, struck her, police said.

The force of the collision caused Bankey to land on the vehicle’s hood and then its windshield, which shattered. She was thrown onto the ground a few feet away from the crosswalk, police said.

Bankey complained of severe pain throughout her body and was brought by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where she was treated and released. She suffered contusions, police said, but no broken bones or head injuries.

Dibella was not speeding in the 35-miles-per-hour zone and told police she was not distracted by a cellphone or any electronic devices, according to police. She was issued a citation for failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, police said.

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