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Crime & Courts

Sheriff's investigation shows OHS coach not in roadway when struck

A Kendall County Sheriff’s Office investigation shows that an Oswego High School softball coach struck and killed in a hit-and-run was not walking in the roadway when she was killed.

Amanda Stanton, 26, of Lockport was killed as she walked along Plainfield Road near Plainsman Court in rural Oswego Township on June 24. Stanton was the head softball coach at OHS and was a math intervention specialist at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

Sheriff Dwight Baird confirmed that a sheriff’s office investigation found that Stanton was not in the roadway – between the outer white line and yellow centerline – when she was struck.

“Our investigation does not reveal any information that she was out in the roadway at all,” Baird said.

Baird said her body was found under a tree along Plainfield Road and that the sheriff’s office investigation showed her body had not been moved.

“Based on some evidence on the scene we feel that once she was struck, her body was hurled into the tree area,” he said. “There was no evidence that would support that her body was moved prior to being discovered by the individual that contacted us.”

A recently released toxicology report on Stanton showed she was legally drunk at the time of the incident. Baird said the investigation had confirmed that Stanton had attended a wedding in the area at the time of the incident. Baird said the investigation also confirmed that Stanton was not driving that evening.

The toxicology report by NMS Labs of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, shows that Stanton had a 0.22 percent blood alcohol content at the time of her death. The toxicology report also states Stanton’s blood tested positive for caffeine.

Also, an autopsy by Dr. Kristin Escobar Alvarenga, coroner’s forensic pathologist, found that the cause of Stanton’s death was “blunt force injuries due to pedestrian struck by vehicle.”

The Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Nehemiah Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Gregory Street, Aurora, in connection with Stanton’s death. Williams is charged with failing to report an accident that resulted in personal injury or death, reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license, all felonies. Williams pleaded not guilty of the charges at a hearing in July.

The autopsy showed that Stanton also had a gray paint chip on her body. Prosecutors have alleged that Williams was behind the wheel of a silver 2006 Chrysler Pacifica when the incident occurred.

Williams’ next court hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Aug. 30 before Judge Robert Pilmer at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

Pilmer had reduced Williams’ bond at a July 6 hearing from $1 million to $150,000, which was still much higher than Williams’ attorney’s request for $50,000. Williams has not posted bond and still is in custody at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville.

Williams also is facing a DUI charge and other charges in Kane County. He was out on bond on those charges when Stanton’s death occurred in Kendall County.

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