Person of interest in custody in woman's hit-and-run death in Metro East


by staff

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 4:48 PM

Fatal hit-and-run

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( – A person of interest is in custody in the death of a woman killed in an apparent hit-and-run wreck in Breese, Ill. early Sunday morning.

Breese police tell News 4 the man is being cooperative and the investigation is ongoing.

"Once more information is known, the appropriate formal charges will be filed," said Breese Police Chief Robert Fix.

Authorities say 23-year-old Lana Albert was walking in the middle lane of northbound Old US 50 west of Breese, Ill. around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when she was struck by a vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy later showed she suffered major trauma to her chest and suffered a broken neck.

According to police, Albert had been with friends at Big Stix Sports Bar and Grill earlier in the night. Her body was found between 250 and 300 yards from the bar.

Albert’s father tells News 4 she was living in Edwardsville working as a dental assistant. She was originally from Odin, Ill.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at City Hope Church in Centralia.  The funeral take place Friday at 11:00 a.m. at City Hope Church in Centralia.