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A Briggs-Chaney woman has died after a vehicle allegedly jumped a curb at the Orchard Center shopping center in Silver Spring and hit her Tuesday night as she was walking on the sidewalk.

The incident took place around 6:15 p.m., near Broadbirch Drive and Cherry Hill Road, according to Montgomery County police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti.

Innocenti said that a 2002 maroon Mitsubishi Montero was passing through the parking lot of the Orchard Center shopping center when it jumped a curb, traveled across the grass, and hit Georgina Afful-Asare, 54, who was walking on the sidewalk along Broadbirch Drive.

Montgomery County police said that rescue personnel drove Afful-Asare to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died that night.

The driver, who police identified as Jane W. Ndungu Maranga, 53, of the 13100 block of Wellford Drive in Beltsville, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Anyone who witnessed this collision and has not yet spoken with CRU detectives is asked to call investigators at 240-773-6620, or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

sjbsmith@gazette.net