An elderly woman who was struck by a pickup truck Tuesday while walking along Broadway Street died later that day, Pekin police said Wednesday.

Rita A. Weathers, 75, of Pekin died of her injuries at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was severely injured when a pickup truck backing out of a driveway in the 1800 block of Broadway struck her, said police Deputy Chief Don Baxter.

The driver told police he didn’t see the woman and thought he might have struck an object that had rolled across his path, “like a ball,” Baxter said. The woman had walked into the street from the sidewalk “to avoid him,” Baxter said.

The driver stopped after he exited the driveway and discovered the woman on the pavement next to his truck, Baxter said.

The case remained under investigation Wednesday and a police report had not yet been completed, Baxter said.

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