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Crime & Courts

Sheriff: Oswego coach not in roadway when struck by car, killed

Nehemiah Williams
Nehemiah Williams

OSWEGO – Police said an Oswego High School softball coach struck and killed in a hit-and-run was not walking in the roadway when she was hit by the vehicle.

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

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird said an investigation shows that when Nehemiah Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Gregory Street, Aurora, hit her with his 2006 Chrysler Pacifica, Stanton was not in the road – between the outer white line and yellow centerline – when she was struck.

Baird said her body was found under a tree along Plainfield Road, and the 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 showed Stanton was legally drunk at the time of the incident. Baird said the investigation had confirmed Stanton had attended a wedding in the area leading up to her death. Baird said the investigation also confirmed Stanton was not driving that evening.

The toxicology report by NMS Labs of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, shows at the time of Stanton’s death, her blood-alcohol content was 0.22 percent – nearly three times the legal limit.

– Tony Scott

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