Crime & Courts

Woman, 83, charged in fatal hit-and-run

WOODSTOCK – An elderly woman surrendered to authorities Thursday and was charged in a hit-and-run that killed a 6-year-old boy.

Veramae C. Phillip, 83, of Woodstock, is charged with failure to report a fatal traffic crash and leaving the scene of a fatal traffic crash.

The most serious charge is a Class 1 felony, typically punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

Phillip turned herself in about 2 p.m. Thursday at the McHenry County Jail, posted the required $5,000 of a $50,000 bond, and was released.

The boy, Bryan Silva of Leland, had been with his family at a party Saturday.

About 9:04 p.m. in the 4600 block of Franklinville Road, he was crossing the street with his father and an older sibling to get to their car when he was hit. It was dark and had been raining.

Bryan was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead.

The vehicle that hit the boy was described as a white car or SUV with damage to one of the headlamps. The driver was traveling north and did not stop after the collision.

Police sent out fliers to area auto body repair shops and tow companies seeking leads in the accident. The owner of an auto body shop contacted police after seeing Phillip’s 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.

Sheriff Keith Nygren said Phillip had been hospitalized in recent days, but not for injuries from the accident. She and her family have been cooperating with authorities, he said.

Phillip did not know she hit the boy, Nygren said.

“She thought she hit something, maybe a branch,” he said. “This is a terrible tragedy for everybody involved.”

As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 689 fatalities on Illinois roadways this year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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