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Crime & Courts

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run has pending charges in Kane County

Nehemiah Williams was cited for DUI in Elgin this past February

The Aurora man charged in the hit-and-run that killed an Oswego High School coach June 24 has a history of traffic complaints against him in Kane County, and was cited for drunk driving in Elgin this past February, according to Kane County court records.

Court records show that Nehemiah Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Gregory Street, Aurora, was cited Feb. 1 by Elgin police for driving under the influence of alcohol, along with transportation of open alcohol by a driver, driving with a suspended license and improper lane usage. The charges against Williams are still pending in Kane County court.

In addition to the Elgin charges, Williams pleaded guilty to a charge of having no valid driver's license in Kane County court in March 2017 and served six months of court supervision. In November 2015, he pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license and served 18 months of court supervision. In August 2011, a Kane County judge acquitted Williams in a bench trial of another driving under the influence charge.

Williams currently is facing three felony charges in Kendall County related to the June 24 incident that killed Amanda Stanton, 26, of Lockport as she was walking along Plainfield Road in rural Oswego Township. Williams was booked at 10:55 p.m. June 27 at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville, according to Sheriff's Office records; the Sheriff's Office announced his arrest June 29.

Williams appeared in Kendall County court in Yorkville Tuesday morning, July 3, where his public defender, Victoria Chuffo, told Judge Robert Pilmer she would be seeking a reduction in his $1 million bond, and a hearing on that issue is set for 9 a.m. Friday, July 6, at the courthouse.

Pilmer set Williams' bond on Saturday, June 30, and ordered GPS monitoring for him in case he posts the required 10 percent, or $100,000.

In court documents, the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office has charged Williams with failing to report an accident involving personal injury or death, a felony, stating that Williams "knowingly left the scene of an accident on Plainfield Road in which Amanda Stanton was killed" and failed to report the accident to the Kendall County Sheriff's Office within one half-hour of the incident.

The second charge is reckless homicide, a felony, in which prosecutors say Williams "while acting in a reckless manner, performed acts likely to cause death or great bodily harm to an individual" by driving a vehicle "on a dark and unfamiliar road at night without wearing corrective eyeglasses ... . causing his motor vehicle to strike (Stanton), thereby causing the death of (Stanton)."

The third charge is driving with a suspended license, also a felony, stating Williams "knowingly drove" while his license was suspended.

State's Attorney Eric Weis declined to give a narrative Monday of what he believes happened the night Stanton was killed, but outlined the prison sentences Williams is facing if he is convicted.

The failure to report an accident involving death carries a sentence of between four and 15 years in state prison; the reckless homicide charge carries a sentence of between two and five years in state prison; and the suspended license carries a sentence of one to three years in state prison.

If convicted, Williams could serve those sentences concurrently – at the same time – or consecutively – one after the other, but that has yet to be determined, Weis said. For example, if he is sentenced to the maximum for each of the three charges, Williams could face 23 years in prison.

Stanton had served as the head varsity softball coach at OHS for the past three years. She worked as a math intervention teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

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