Elderly Woodstock Woman Charged in Fatal Hit and Run

Sheriff police said Veramae C. Phillip, who turned herself in to authorities Thursday, said she didn't know she hit 6-year-old Brayan Silva near Union on Sept. 8, 2012.

An 83-year-old Woostock woman turned herself into McHenry County Sheriff police on Thursday afternoon after she said she unknowingly hit and killed 6-year-old Brayan Silva near Union on Sept. 8.

Varamae C. Phillip was charged with failure to report a fatal traffic accident and leaving the scene of a crime, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office said. Phillip posted 10 percent of a $50,000 bond and was released.

Phillip told sheriff investigators she thought a branch had fallen on her car last Saturday night as she drove northbound on Franklinville Road through the dark and rain, according to the Daily Herald. Phillip had other elderly passengers in her car at the time.

Silva, of Leland, was crossing the rural road with his family and was hit by Phillips' silver 2001 Malibu near 4601 Franklinville Road. Witnesses at the scene said the car never stopped and continued driving.

Silva was transported to Centegra Hospital in Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead, McHenry County Sheriff police said.

Phillip, who has been cooperative with investigators, is "very distraught" about the accident, the Daily Herald reported.

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren issued a press release stating that investigators located Phillips through a tip given by a local autobody shop. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation by sheriff's office and McHenry County Coroner's office. 

Funeral Mass for Silva are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plano. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at  Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 13160 Route 34 West, Samonauk.

Brayan leaves behind a brother, his parents and many relatives. More information can be found in his obituary notice. 

Malta September 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
So. This family crossing the road in "dark Rainy conditions". I would suggest very little if any fault on the part of this lady driver. I drive throughout chicago and our area daily and the people crossing major streets in the middle of traffic and not waiting for crossing signals is appalling! People on bicycles comPletely ignor any traffic stop signs. This family out in the described weather conditions crossing a road with children are the ones responsible to look before crossing!
Kathy O. September 16, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I agree with you Garrett. Something doesn't add up here. As a mom, there is no way I would have crossed ANY road without holding my child's hand, and also making sure the road was clear. They had to have seen the lights of the car as it was coming. I don't get it. An 83 year old woman couldn't have been driving that fast to where they didn't see her coming. At the same time, though, I feel for both sides here. No one should have to bury their child at such a young age. And, even though I don't know the woman that hit the boy, I'm sure she didn't mean to do what she did...and it will haunt her for the rest of her days. Very, very sad.
Malta September 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
they did not look before crossing....or were standing in the road.....only possible explanations. parents engaged in child endangerment....charge them!
Alesha September 24, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Before you go judging these parents you should know all the facts. This family was at a friends house for dinner and they were going to get in their car when this woman hit this child. Nobody was crossing the street "in the dark" unattended. They were putting their belongings in the car when the lady came along and struck the boy. This goes to show that one split second is all it takes for a life to be taken. These parents were hands on excellent parents! Ps. The paper was wrong, it wasn't raining at the time of the accident. So unless you know all the facts don't be so quick to judge!!!!
Alesha September 24, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Therefore B Garrett, your only possible explanations are FALSE!!


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