Update Concerning Fatal February 2013 Kane County Car Crash

Sentencing Change Regarding Fatal Kane County Car Accident

Kane County Judge James Hallock has reduced the sentence of Benjamin Black’s sentence from 12 to nine years for driving with heroin in his system during the February 2013 crash that killed 11-year-old Matthew Ranken of Sycamore.

The Daily Chronicle article of April 24, 2014, titled “Black’s sentence cut to 9 years in fatal crash” discusses the sentencing as well as the original February 2013 accident.

An excerpt from the article:

Black pleaded guilty in November to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence in connection with the crash.

He was driving a Ford Expedition near the intersection of Route 64 and Peplow Road in Kane County when he crashed into the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier, in which Matthew and Teale Noble were passengers. Noble, now 19, of Sycamore, was injured.

Samples of Black’s blood and urine taken after the crash tested positive for heroin metabolites and alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders, authorities said.

The St. Charles Patch also has a previous March 26 article regarding the original sentencing on this fatal vehicle accident that happened in west-central Kane County.  That article is titled “Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison in Kane Co. Crash That Killed 11-Year-Old Boy.”

Additional Information Concerning This Kane County Fatal Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in The Chronicle article mentioned above, as well as the St. Charles Patch article mentioned above.


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