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Four injured in two-vehicle crash near Somonauk

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 12:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 2:45 p.m. CDT

Two people were flown to Rockford area hospitals after a two-vehicle crash that closed part of Somonauk Road on Monday near Somonauk.

Wesley Scott James, 22, of the 700 block of North Fifth Street in DeKalb, was driving east on Suydam Road and didn't stop at the stop sign at Somonauk Road about 7:15 a.m., according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. His 2001 Volkswagen Beetle smashed into the passenger side of a 2004 Honda Odyssey, police said.

James was thrown from the Beetle, while crews had to cut a 10-year-old boy from the van, which was driven by Ronda A. Scherer, 44, of the 3700 block of Sandy Bluff Road in Plano.

James was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Hospital in Rockford with head and chest trauma, police said. The 10-year-old boy was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital with two broken legs, two broken wrists and a rib injury, police said.

Scherer and a 14-year-old boy in her van were taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, where they were treated and released.

James was charged with disobeying a stop sign, driving without insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.

Somonauk Road between Pratt Road and Route 34, as well as Suydam Road near Sandwich, were closed between 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., police said.

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