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Boy killed, 5 hurt in rural Kane County crash

Updated: April 2, 2013 6:22AM

VIRGIL TOWNSHIP — An 11-year-old Sycamore boy died and five other people, including’s the boy’s brother, were injured in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday night on snow-packed Route 64 near Peplow Road, Kane County Sheriff’s Police said.

The dead boy was identified as Matthew Ranken. He had been riding in the back seat of a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by his brother, Nicholas Weber, 21, of the 300 block of Parker Street, Sycamore, according to police.

The two brothers and a front seat passenger of the Cavalier, Teale Noble, 18, of the 300 block of East Sycamore Dive, Sycamore, all were transported after the accident to Kishwaukee Hospital.

The 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead and the other two passengers were being treated for what authorities said were non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 64 west of Peplow in unincorporated Virgil Township.

According to a release issued Thursday by the sheriff’s department, the initial investigation indicates that three cars were stopped westbound on Route 64 due to a traffic backup for an accident about a mile west of the fatal crash scene.

A fourth vehicle, a 1999 Ford Expedition, also was westbound on Route 64 and failed to stop, striking the rear of the Cavalier. The Cavalier then struck a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The Buick went off the roadway on the north shoulder and the Cavalier continued forward and struck the rear of a 2004 Hyundai, the release said.

The other drivers were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles and were treated and released at the scene.

“The roadways were covered by blowing and drifting snow at the time of the crash,” Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said in the release. “It appears that all parties were wearing their seat belts. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into this crash and have not determined if the use of drugs, alcohol or texting played a role in this crash.”

The driver of the Expedition, identified as Benjamin Black, 28, of the 1600 Block of Spark Hayes Drive, Sycamore, was issued citations charging him with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. No other citations were issued.

Route 64 was closed between Peplow and Fabris roads for approximately four hours during the crash investigation.

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