An 83-year-old woman from Woodstock has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old boy last week after authorities investigated a tip from an auto body shop, police said today.
Veramae C. Phillip was released on $50,000 bail after she turned herself in about 2 p.m. Thursday to face felony charges of failure to report a fatal traffic crash and leaving the scene of a fatal traffic crash, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.
Brayan Silva, of Leland, was struck while walking with his family in the 4600 block of Franklinville Road just southwest of Woodstock a little after 9 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. He was taken to Centegra Hospital Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said the boy was hit by a white or silver car that sustained damage to a headlight. They were able to track down the car -- a silver 2001 Chevrolet Malibu -- with help from a local body shop, according to the office.
Sheriff’s investigators determined that Phillip was driving the car at the time, the office said. A warrant was issued for Phillip Wednesday and she turned herself in, according to jail records.
Brayan had just turned 6 on Aug. 30, according to an obituary. He's survived by his mother, father and a brother. A wake was set for this evening in Somonauk, and funeral Mass was set for Saturday in Plano at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Phillip is due in McHenry County Court on Sept. 26, according to court records. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected in the crash.