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Sycamore boy killed, others injured in crash Wednesday night

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 8:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 4:36 p.m. CDT
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Matthew Ranken, 11, of Sycamore, died at Kishwaukee Community Hospital after being involved in a four-car crash on Route 64 in Kane County, authorities said.

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

Matthew Ranken was riding in the backseat of a 1999 Cavalier driven by his brother, Nicholas Weber, 21, of Sycamore, authorities said. The Cavalier had been driving west on Route 64 near Peplow Road about 7:30 p.m. 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 Ranken'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 failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

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

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

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