Woman, 83, Charged in Deadly Hit-and-Run


A tip from an auto body shop helped police locate and charge an 83-year-old woman with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 6-year-old boy in McHenry County last weekend.

Veramae C. Phillip, 83, of Woodstock, turned herself in on Thursday after authorities issued a warrant for her arrest and charged her with felony counts of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic crash and failure to report a fatal traffic crash.

She was released after paying $5,000 bail on a $50,000 bond, according to a statement from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

The boy was struck just after 9 p.m. Saturday near the 4600 block of Franklinville Road, in Seneca Township, between Woodstock and Marengo.

The vehicle, allegedly driven by Phillip, did not stop.

Following a tip from a body shop, the sheriff’s department determined the boy was struck by a silver 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to have played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s office.

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