Suspect sought after Edwardsville woman is killed in hit-and-run

News-DemocratJune 8, 2014 

The family of a 23-year-old pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run Sunday in Breese is asking for the public's help in a police investigation into her death.

Police found Lana E. Albert, 23, of Edwardsville, on the north side of old U.S. 50 in Breese, according to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss.

"... When the officer responded he located a single shoe in the roadway so he exited his vehicle and found the victim on the north side of Highway 50," Moss said.

Albert was found off the road near the Community Link in Breese, Moss said. The area is about 250 to 300 yards from Big Stix Sports Bar & Grill, where Albert was last seen with a group of friends, Moss said.

"It's a main thoroughfare, well traveled," Moss said. "It's a dark area but many cars travel that roadway."

An autopsy was performed Sunday afternoon.

Funeral arrangements for Albert are pending at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval.

Albert is survived by her parents, Ray (and Kathy) Albert, of Odin, and Tami (and Kerry) Hoover, of Centralia, and two siblings, Ray Albert III and Carabeth Albert.

The Breese Police Department received reports about 2:13 a.m. of a woman walking in and out of traffic on the highway on the west side of Breese.

When police arrived, they found a woman who appeared to be hit by a vehicle, according to a news release from Breese police.

A suspect description of the vehicle was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Breese police at 526-7226.

Family and friends are pleading with the public to help police find whoever is responsible.

"If anybody has any information at all, even the littlest thing, please contact the Breese Police Department," Ray Albert said Sunday night. "I'm not looking for vengeance or anything like that. I just want to know what happened. We just hope and pray that we find out exactly what happened so we have a little closure."

Ray Albert treasures a photo of him and his daughter at a game at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

"I've been an official in the metro-east for 35 years and it's the only picture I have with her where I'm wearing my referee uniform," Ray Albert said.

At Odin High School, Albert was on the cheerleading and cross country teams, he added.

"She just lit the room up walking in and she loved people and people loved her," Ray Albert said of his daughter.

Loved ones also remember Albert as a fun-loving, bubbly, caring woman who enjoyed going to concerts and was especially a big fan of Justin Bieber.

"She's been my best friend since she came into this world," said Albert's cousin, Sierra Horst. "She was always trying to make people laugh. She was never, ever ever in a bad mood. Ever."

Albert's roommate, Megan Dintelman, remembers how Albert had a full-sized paper cutout of the singer that she liked to move from room to room to scare Dintelman.

Dintelman's mom, Stacey Dintelman, said Albert graduated from a dental assistant program at Kaskaskia College and was working at a dental office in Glen Carbon.

"She was like a second daughter to me," Stacey Dintelman said. "She was a smart girl, beautiful inside and out and so, so caring. She wouldn't hurt a flea."

When Stacey Dintelman had neck surgery recently, Albert sent text messages every day to offer help and a laugh. And, whenever Megan Dintelman felt blue, Albert was the one who sat beside her all night to comfort her.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 618-239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDJLee.

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