Damiansville man, 25, charged in hit-and-run pedestrian death in Breese

News-DemocratJune 13, 2014 

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against a Damiansville man in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Edwardsville woman in Breese.

Jonathon Nast, 25, was charged with failure to report a motor vehicle accident involving death, and obstruction of justice. Failure to report a motor vehicle accident involving death is a class 1 felony. A class 1 felony carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

The obstruction charge is a class 4 felony. A class 4 felony carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

The charges filed by Clinton County State's Attorney John Hudspeth allege that Nast failed to notify police within 30 minutes of striking the pedestrian, 23-year-old Lana Albert of Edwardsville. The charges further allege that Nast took his truck to a scrap dealer in Murphysboro and sold it, prior to notifying police that it was involved in the accident.

Circuit Judge Dennis Middendorff set Nast's bail at $25,000. The judge also ordered that, in the event the defendant makes bail, he is prohibited from having contact with Albert's family.

Middendorff set Nast's next court appearance for July 2 at 9 a.m.

A woman who answered the door Thursday evening at Nast's home said his family had no comment. Nast's attorney, Joseph B. Heiligenstein, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Breese Police on Thursday announced that they had taken a suspect into custody, and that he was "cooperative."

Breese Police received a report at 2:13 a.m. Sunday of a woman walking in and out of traffic on old U.S. 50 on the west side of Breese. Albert's body was found shortly afterward along the highway.

Albert was last seen at Big Stix Bar & Grill, about a quarter-mile away. Nast also had been at the bar.

Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at bbrueggemann@bnd.com or 239-2511.

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