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Sycamore boy, 11, dies in four-car crash

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

VIRGIL TOWNSHIP – An 11-year-old Sycamore boy died at Kishwaukee Community Hospital after he was involved in a four-car crash on Route 64 in Kane County, authorities said.

Matthew Ranken was riding in the back seat of a 1999 Cavalier driven by his brother, Nicholas Weber, 21, of Sycamore, authorities said. The Cavalier had been going west on Route 64 near Peplow Road about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when it stopped for traffic backed up because of a crash about a mile away, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

A 1999 Ford Expedition, driven by 28-year-old Benjamin Black of Sycamore, crashed into the back of Weber’s stopped Cavalier, pushing it into a Buick Lucerne, police said. The Lucerne went into the shoulder and the Cavalier struck a Hyundai, police said.

Ranken, Weber and another passenger in the Cavalier were transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, police said. Weber and Teale Noble, 18, of Sycamore, were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The drivers of the other three vehicles were treated at the scene, police said.

Black was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

Kane County police are continuing to investigate the accident. The road was covered with blowing and drifting snow, and police have not determined whether drugs, alcohol or texting played a role in the crash, according to the news release.

Route 64 was closed between Peplow and Fabis roads about 4 hours during the investigation, police said.

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