Brighton Police ID woman struck, killed by vehicle backing out of Brighton driveway

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BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — An 80-year-old woman from Brighton was fatally struck late Friday afternoon in on Chalet Circle in Brighton.

The victim was identified as 80-year-old Karlene Gunter. Brighton Police officers said Gunter was walking on Chalet Circle when 35-year-old Jennifer Muniak was backing out of her driveway and struck Gunter.

BPD said Gunter, who resided on French Road, died at the scene.

First responders were called to the scene at Chalet Circle around 3:30 p.m.

“It appears she was just walking by,” Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi said.

Catholdi said it doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol was involved. “We believe it was just a terrible tragedy at this time.”

News 8 did speak briefly with Gunter’s family. They asked for privacy at this time, but did add she was a highly accomplished woman, and are still trying to process what happened. One neighbor told News 8 she was “fantastic” and will be sorely missed. Gunter was a retired professor at URMC.

No tickets have been issued to Muniak at this time.

Brighton Police officers were assisted by Brighton Fire Department, Brighton Ambulance, New York State Police and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

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