June 9, 2014

Police: Vehicle in fatal hit-and-run likely has damage

Breese Police continued to follow leads Monday in the case of a hit-and-run that killed a 23-year-old Edwardsville woman.

Lana E. Albert apparently was hit by a vehicle as she walked on old U.S. 50, according to Breese Police Chief Bob Fix.

"We have a deceased person here and I'm just hoping people will do the right thing," Fix said.

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

"The suspect vehicle probably does have some damage," Fix said.

Fix said Monday afternoon that police were interviewing witnesses and checking the recordings of surveillance cameras at area businesses.

Police asked that anyone with information call Breese Police at 618-526-7226 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Albert was found off the north side of the road near the Community Link in Breese, Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss said Sunday.

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.

Albert was pronounced dead at 2:54 a.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Moss said.

An autopsy conducted Sunday showed that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma, Moss said.

Albert suffereded massive injuries to her head, neck, chest and abdomen that are consistent with being hit by a vehicle, Moss said.

Routine toxicology results will be available in four to six weeks, Moss said.

Visitation for Albert will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at City Hope Church, 200 S. Pine St. in Centralia.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the same location.

Arrangements are being handled by Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval.Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at or 618-239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at

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