YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban high school girls softball coach has been killed in what appears to have been a hit-and-run traffic collision.
The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says the body of 26-year-old Amanda Stanton of Lockport was found Sunday afternoon near Plainfield road and Plainsman Court in Oswego Township. The office says the woman had been hit by a vehicle while she was walking in the area.
Stanton was the head girls softball coach at Oswego High School. She had been a standout player. She returned to the area after playing softball at Eastern Michigan University.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department at detectives(at)co.kendall.il.us or by calling (630)553-5856. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact the Kendall County Crimestoppers at (630)553-5999.
The school district issued a statement, grieving the loss: Oswego Community Unit School District 308 expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Amanda Stanton. Amanda served as the head softball coach for the Oswego High School girls varsity softball team for the past three years. She was a motivational leader, instilling her athletes with confidence and positivity. “Amanda was one of the best and brightest young women I have had the honor to work with and mentor; she had so much to offer and will be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know her,” said SD308 Athletic Director Darren Howard. “Amanda’s work with the softball program had remarkable results.” As a coach, Amanda was a mentor and friend to many, and her untimely and tragic death certainly has a large impact on the school community. The district has arranged for counselors to be available for any students, coaches, or staff members needing support at this very difficult time."