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One dead after two cars collide in Blackberry Township

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at approximately 4:35 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street between Green and Bunker roads in Blackberry Township.

The initial investigation indicates that a Jeep Compass driven by Sergio Espana, 20, of Batavia, was traveling west on Main Street and a Mazda 6 occupied by a 17-year-old North Aurora driver and 16-year-old passenger from Oswego was traveling east on Main Street. For an unknown reason it appears that the Mazda crossed the center line and collided with the Jeep head on, according to a Kane County Sheriff's Office news release.

Espana was assisted out of his car by people who stopped at the scene. Several other people used fire extinguishers to attempt putting the fire in his car out, according to the release.

The 17-year-old was assisted out of his vehicle by other people who had stopped to help, according to the release. The 16-year-old had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. All persons were wearing seat belts.

Espana and the 17-year-old were transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital with apparent not life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

The 16-year-old was flown from the scene to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with life-threatening injuries. About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies were advised that he had passed away at Good Samaritan, according to the release.

The teens are students at Aurora Christian High School and were returning home from a regional golf tournament, according to the release. Sheriff’s deputies have spoken to school officials to make sure they were aware of the situation.

No tickets had been issued as of the Tuesday night. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are continuing to investigate the crash, according to the release.

The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated, according to the release.

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