Driver charged with leaving scene after fatally striking pedestrian

EFFINGHAM COUNTY — A 40-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday while he was walking in Effingham.

William J. Coleman of Beecher City. was killed Saturday when Coleman was walking west about two miles west of Lake Sara near when the incident occurred, say the Illinois State Police.

Coleman was struck by a pickup truck driven by 20-year-old Nathaniel Followell of Altamont at 11:32pm Saturday.
Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Illinois State Police Reconstruction Unit and Effingham County Coroner’s Office are continuing an investigation into the crash.

Followell was formally charged Monday in Effingham County Court with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death. His bail was set at $30,000.