Woman Fatally Struck By Pickup Identified

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The Peoria County coroner has released the identity of a woman fatally struck by a pickup truck in Pekin.

Rita Weathers, 75, of Pekin was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m. Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, nearly 45 minutes after Pekin police were called to the scene. An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed Weathers died of severe head trauma.

Pekin police say officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Broadway Road in Pekin around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the pickup was apparently backing out of a driveway and struck Weathers while she was walking.

An investigation continues.

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