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Kids Day volunteer struck by vehicle in Batavia

A Buffalo Kids Day volunteer selling newspapers in Batavia suffered a broken leg when she was struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning, Batavia police and other authorities reported.

Amber Richmond was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

The incident occurred at about 8:15 a.m. at Main and Oak streets in Batavia.

“She was apparently crossing in the crosswalk,” Batavia Police Officer Eric Hill said. “There was a vehicle in the turning lane blocking her view of the other vehicle. And the driver of the vehicle didn’t see her either.”

Hill said that police, after initially interviewing witnesses, weren’t sure who was at fault. No charges have been filed.

“The Buffalo News’ primary concern is that Ms. Richmond receives the treatment she needs and has a speedy recovery,” News marketing director Carol Horton said in a written statement. “Safety is always top of mind for the over 100,000 volunteers who have helped this worthy cause over the past 31 years.”

Roughly 3,000 Kids Day volunteers manned street corners throughout Western New York to sell the special $1 editions, with the proceeds distributed through the Variety Club to Women & Children’s Hospital and other children’s charities.

Each Kids Day volunteer is issued a baseball cap with five safety tips listed on the inside bill of the cap.

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