Crash Claims Life of Reddick Child

Nathan R. Gast, 9, of Reddick, was killed February 13 in a single-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 17 west of Dwight in Livingston County.

According to Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson, the driver of a Chevy Tahoe lost control of the vehicle on the icy road.

New to the area, Gast was scheduled to start school in the Herscher district on Tuesday, February 18.

He was living with his grandmother, Wanda Gast, while waiting for the rest of his family to arrive. 

Wanda shares the following information about Nathan:

“He couldn’t wait for his mom, Veronica and his dad, Stetson, to get here with his brother, Daniel, and sisters, Summer and Peyton. He couldn’t wait to start school and make friends. 

He also loved the snow. Since he moved here from California, he would shovel the walkway even in a dusting. He was so happy with the last snowfall because he made his first snow angel. He couldn’t wait to make his first snowman. Unfortunately, that would not happen. 

You couldn’t miss Nathan when you saw him because of his bright orange hair and his freckled face.  He loved to make people smile and laugh. He always had a quirky way to say things and no matter how hard you tried, you always busted up laughing. He loved people. He had a great joy for life.  

Most importantly he loved spending time with his family. His uncles Matthew, Stephen, Jake, Wade, and his beloved Aunts Elli, Emma, and Emelia who he loved to the moon.”

A Go Fund Me account, called Forever our angel Nathen, has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses. 

Funeral arrangements were pending at presstime.