Woman charged in fatal Galesburg hit-and-run-UPDATED

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GALESBURG, Ill, (KWQC) - UPDATE 5/19/17: Police say charges have been filed against the woman they say hit and killed a child Thursday afternoon, May 18.

Just before 2 p.m., Galesburg Police were called to the scene of a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in front of 1070 W. South Street. When they got there, officers found that 2-year-old Ki'ale Watkins had been struck by a vehicle and was being transported to Galesburg Cottage Hospital by ambulance.

A witness told officers on scene that he heard a loud noise and in looking saw a small child laying in the street and a red SUV leaving the area. As officers were attempting to locate this vehicle, a call was made to the Galesburg Police Department in which a female caller advised that she wished to turn herself in to police for striking the child with her vehicle.

Officers went to 346 S. Henderson Street and arrested 60-year-old Rosie Lee Oden. She was charged with unsafe backing on roadway, failure to report accident involving death, failure to give information/render aid, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid driver's license.


A child has been struck and killed by a car in Galesburg.

According to police, it happened the afternoon of Thurs., May 18, 2017 in the 1,000 block of W. South St.

Police say the child was in a common area between apartments and was hit and killed by a car.

Police say a suspect is in custody, but has not been charged.

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