TILTON, Ill. (WAND) - A 64-year-old Westville woman died after a child accidentally shot her with a gun found in the backseat of her vehicle.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup on Tuesday identified the woman as Marita J. Hile, who was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m. Sunday.
Preliminary investigation by Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies found that Hile and a 4-year-old relative were traveling on Illinois Route 1 in Tilton at about 12:26 p.m. Sunday when the child found and discharged the firearm.
Hile was shot and crashed the vehicle into a sign at the Mach 1 gas station on Georgetown Road, according to the sheriff's office.
Witnesses at the scene called 911, and Hile was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital — where she died of the gunshot wound. There were no other occupants inside of the vehicle.
The death is under investigation by the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and the Champaign County Coroner's Office.