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Teenagers ticketed for crashing into porch

Ruby's son, 17, among drivers cited

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – The son of Paul Ruby, founder of the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, was one of two teenage boys involved in driving their vehicles into a porch late Friday.

Wesley B. Ruby, 17, of the 39W600 block of Carney Lane in Blackberry Township, was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office crash report.

The other driver, Collin K. Steel, 17, of the 0N500 block of West Weaver Circle, Blackberry Township, was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign. Both are scheduled to appear in court July 24, according to the crash report.

Paul Ruby is the general manager of the Herrington Inn and Spa in Geneva, as well as the founder of a nonprofit organization that raises money to find a cure or effective treatment for Parkinson’s.

Ruby was diagnosed in 2006 at age 42.

Ruby did not return a voice mail message seeking comment.

According to the crash report, Wesley Ruby was driving a 2006 F-150 Ford pickup, and Steel was driving a 2006 Lincoln, both going south on Brundige Road at the intersection of Armstrong Lane in the Mill Creek subdivision.

Steel attempted to pass Ruby’s pickup just as Ruby turned left, causing the passenger side of the Lincoln to strike the driver’s side of the pickup, according to the crash report.

The two vehicles then continued in an arc, and both rammed into the front porch of a corner house on the 0N500 block of Armstrong Lane, causing damage to the porch and stairs, the report states.

Both Ruby and Steel were released at the scene by the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, contrary to earlier reports that they were taken to a hospital. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were not drivable, the report states.

Paul Ruby credited Wesley Ruby in prompting him to begin the effort to raise funds to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

In earlier interviews with the Chronicle, Ruby had said his son was just 10 when he wrote a letter urging then-President George W. Bush to reverse his decision to veto funds for stem cell research. 

The foundation hosts Concerts for a Cure every August and so far has raised and donated more than $500,000 directly to fund Parkinson’s research at the Northwestern University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system with no cure, characterized by tremors.

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