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83-year-old woman flees scene after running over boy

Veramae Phillip, 83, charged with a felony after she hit and killed a 6-year-old boy and fled the scene. Mugshot via McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

An 83-year-old woman ran over a 6-year-old boy in a Chicago suburb last weekend and then fled the scene.

The young boy, Brayan Silva, was killed while crossing the street with his father and sibling at 9 pm last weekend during a rainstorm. Brayan had fallen behind as his father and sibling as they tried to rush across the street.

The elderly hit-and-run driver, Veramae C. Phillip, of Woodstock, Illinois, was caught after taking her vehicle to a body repair shop to get fixed and the body mechanic became suspicious. The body mechanic then reported the car to the police.

Veramae turned herself in a short time later and told police that she thought she had run over a branch. Police believe she was truly unaware that she had hit a person.

McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said Veramae was very distraught after discovering she had a killed a little boy.

Veramae was charged with failure to report a fatal car crash and leaving the scene. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison. Veramae was released in less than hour after posting bond.