A Sycamore man had heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction automobile crash in February that killed an 11-year-old boy, Kane County authorities said Tuesday.
State's Attorney Joe McMahon said aggravated DUI charges have been filed against Benjamin J. Black, 28, of the 1500 block of Sparkhayes Drive, in connection with the crash in which Matthew Ranken of Sycamore died.
According to police, Black was driving an SUV west on Illinois Highway 64 in western Kane County about 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 when he failed to stop for a line of cars that were halted because of another crash.
Black drove into a Chevrolet Cavalier in which Matthew was a back-seat passenger. A front-seat passenger in the vehicle was also severely injured, police said, and the crash also injured several other motorists who were in the stopped line of cars.
Authorities said a urine sample taken from Black after the incident showed the presence of heroin metabolites. He was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest Monday, and he appeared this morning in bond court. A judge set Black's bail at $250,000.
In addition to three counts of aggravated DUI, Black is also charged with driving without insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He is due to appear in court Thursday.