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'Simple, elegant' woman dies after downtown crash

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A 23-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a vehicle was a socially and environmentally conscious woman who was always there for others, according to her friends.

Police confirmed Wednesday that a woman struck late Saturday afternoon on Broadway near Donald Street has died.

An online memorial set up by friends identified the victim as Amy Gilbert of Winnipeg.  A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hotel Fort Garry, 7th floor.

Gilbert was a socially, and environmentally conscious woman who was always there for others and a role model for her generation, according to her friends.

Friend Kayla Prokopchuk said Wednesday that Gilbert’s organs have been donated.

"That is so her," Prokopchuk added.

Gilbert and Prokopchuk attended Miles Macdonell Collegiate together and had been friends since Grade 7.

"She had such a beauty about her that was simple and elegant," Prokopchuk wrote on an tribute website. "She was beautiful inside and out and she loved her friends and family and anyone who walked into her life."

Gilbert worked three jobs while taking environmental science and biology at the University of Winnipeg. At her jobs, at Stella’s Bakery & Cafe on Sherbrook, Generation Green at The Forks, and as a box-office employee at Cinematheque, she was known by the nickname "Granola Girl" because of her devotion to the environment.

On the afternoon she was fatally injured, Gilbert had worked at Generation Green until 2:30 p.m., according to owner Sherry Sobey.

Police reported that at about 5:30 p.m. she was struck by an eastbound vehicle as she was crossing the eastbound lanes of Broadway.

A 25 year old male was arrested at the scene and later released without charge pending further investigation, police said. Members of the Central Traffic Unit are continuing with the investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6271.

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Updated on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:40 AM CDT: Adds picture.

2:29 PM: Adds comment from friends, new image.

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