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Aurora man back in court next month for Oswego coach's hit-and-run death

From left to right: Mark Shlifka, first assistant state's attorney for Kendall County, talks as defense attorney Dawn Projansky and Nehemiah Williams, who is charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Oswego High School softball coach, listen during a Thursday, Aug. 15 hearing at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
From left to right: Mark Shlifka, first assistant state's attorney for Kendall County, talks as defense attorney Dawn Projansky and Nehemiah Williams, who is charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Oswego High School softball coach, listen during a Thursday, Aug. 15 hearing at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – An Aurora man charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Oswego High School softball coach will be back in court in next month.

Nehemiah Williams, 39, of the 100 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, will be back in court for a trial setting hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 in courtroom 113 at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

"We're actually looking toward a January jury," Mark Shlifka, first assistant state's attorney for Kendall County, said to Kendall County Chief Judge Robert Pilmer.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to failing to report an accident involving a death, reckless homicide and driving with a revoked or suspended license. Those charges are a Class 1, 3 and 4 felonies, respectively.

If convicted, Williams could face up to 15 years in prison for the failure to report an accident involving a death charge.

The Thursday, Aug. 15 hearing comes after Pilmer ruled in October 2018 that Williams's eye care records are relevant to the case and ruled against the defense’s objection to subpoenaing them.

Prosecutors allege that Williams was driving on Plainfield Road near Plainsman Court in rural Oswego Township on June 24, 2018 when he killed Oswego High School Softball Coach Amanda Stanton, who was 26 years old when she died, in a hit and run crash. Stanton was walking along the side of the road.

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

Williams was arrested on charges related to the hit and run incident on June 27, 2018. He posted $15,000 bond on October 5, 2018 and subsequently was released from the Kendall County jail in Yorkville.

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

Court records show Williams was cited Feb. 1, 2018 by Elgin police for driving under the influence of alcohol. He also was cited with transportation of open alcohol by a driver, driving with a suspended license and improper lane usage.

Along with 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. He pleaded guilty in November 2015 to driving on a suspended license and served 18 months of court supervision. A Kane County judge acquitted Williams in an August 2011 bench trial of another driving under the influence charge.

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