A 51-year-old Ingleside woman was killed early Wednesday after being struck by a truck in a parking lot at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in unincorporated Lake County near Lake Barrington.
Lake County sheriff's office said they were summoned about 5:30 a.m. after the red 2012 Ford F-450 truck, with a snowplow attached, struck the woman as it was being driven in reverse.
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"He was backing up to make another plow. He heard something and got out and saw her," Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said.
Rudd identified the victim as Diane Shogren, who hospital officials confirmed Wednesday night was a nurse at the hospital and a longtime employee. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
The driver of the truck also was a hospital employee, authorities said.
Rudd said Shogren had parked in a remote area and was reporting for work about 5:30 a.m. when she was struck. She was pronounced dead at 6:02 a.m., he added.
It was snowing heavily with limited visibility when the fatal collision occurred, according to police. The truck's safety equipment -- including amber lights, reverse lights and backup alarm -- were working when examined by police after the accident.
The collision remains under investigation by the Lake County sheriff's office.
Advocate Good Shepherd issued a statement that said the hospital staff's thoughts and prayers are with the woman's family and her colleagues, but it did not release any further information.
"We are working closely with our chaplains and social workers to offer spiritual and emotional support at this difficult time," the statement read.
"One of our top priorities is to provide a safe environment for patients to heal and associates to work. To that end, we will continue to partner with all parties to investigate what occurred and to take all necessary steps to ensure it doesn't happen again."
Neighbors told ABC 7 Wednesday night that Shogren was married with two college-age sons.
"I'm so sorry for the family. I hope you know my prayers go out to them. It's just a shame. It's like something you wouldn't think would happen around here," neighbor Frank Leber told ABC 7. "It's something like you don't think would happen to people you know. They're really nice people. And it's just sad."
Daily Herald staff writer Christopher Placek contributed to this report.