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‘I Miss Her’: Sister Mourns Woman Hit and Killed While Crossing Bethesda Road

A woman was fatally struck while trying to get to a bus stop in an area of Bethesda, Maryland, that some residents say is too dark and should have a crosswalk.

Dona Cicy H. Amarasekara, 74, had left her job as a nanny Thursday night and was walking across northbound Old Georgetown Road at Kingswood Road when a Jeep Cherokee hit her.

She died at the hospital.

"Somebody knock on the door. It was the police. Police talk about my sister's accident. I can't believe that it's happening. I think it must be a mistake," Amarasekara's sister Dona Atukora said.

Atukora said her sister came to America from Sri Lanka 24 years ago. Amarasekara loved children so much that she came out of retirement to become a nanny, Atukora said.

"She is my best friend and my best sister," Atukora said through tears.

Video shows damage to the SUV's hood. Police said the driver, 45-year-old Sheikh Shehzad Parviz stayed at the scene.

Residents in the area told News4 the nearest crosswalks are too far from the bus stop and there are no street lights on that stretch of road.

"There are no crosswalks in the immediate blocks so we're looking into where she was going and where she was coming from and if that may have played a factor," Montgomery County Police Cpl. David Cohen said.

Fourteen pedestrians have died in crashes this year in Montgomery County, police said. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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