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Crime & Courts

BREAKING: Driver charged in hit and run that killed OHS coach posts bond

Nehemiah Williams
Nehemiah Williams

An Aurora man charged in the hit and run crash that killed an Oswego High School softball coach in June posted $15,000 bond Friday morning and was released from the Kendall County jail in Yorkville pending his trial.

Kendall County Sheriff's Office records show Nehemiah Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Gregory Street, Aurora, posted bond and was released at 10:46 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 5. He has been in jail since his arrest on June 27.

Prosecutors allege Williams was driving on Plainfield Road near Plainsman Court in Oswego Township on June 24 when the vehicle he was driving struck Amanda Stanton, 26, of Lockport, who had been walking along the side of the road.

Stanton was the head softball coach at OHS and was a math intervention specialist at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

Williams faces felony charges of failing to report an accident that resulted in personal injury or death, reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license.

Judge Robert Pilmer reduced Williams' bond from $1 million to $150,000 during a hearing in July.

"($150,000) may be far above what Mr. Williams or others can post on his behalf, but I think considering these factors, his past conduct, his record of convictions, the fact that he was already on bond for another offense - even though it's a misdemeanor offense, the court has concerns about the safety of the community not just in Kendall County but elsewhere," Pilmer said during the July hearing. "The amount of the bond is set to assure compliance."

Williams had been out on bond for a pending DUI case in Kane County when the incident occurred in Oswego Township.

Court records show that Williams 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.

Now that Williams is released on bond, he will be monitored via GPS but will be able to travel to work, according to Pilmer's ruling in June.

Williams' next court date is Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., according to court records.

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