Six hospitalized, including 3 children, in rural DeKalb County crash

DeKalb County Sheriff’s squad car vehicle

Six people, including three children, were hospitalized Sunday after a two-car crash in rural southern DeKalb County, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 1:12 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 23 and Suydam Road in Victor Township, west of Sandwich and north of Leland, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Both drivers and all passengers of both vehicles were hospitalized with injuries.

The driver of a Ford Fusion was cited by police for failure to yield at a stop intersection, according to the sheriff’s office.

Daniel J. Weber, 41, of La Salle was driving the Ford Fusion with passenger Ashley M. Bernhardt, 33, of La Salle, traveling east on Suydam.

Daniel Navarrete, 39, of Carol Stream was driving a Toyota Tacoma south on Route 23 accompanied by three minors, according to the sheriff’s office.

Weber’s Ford Fusion was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection before allegedly failing to yield to Navarrete’s Toyota, sheriff’s deputies said.

The Toyota was struck by the Fusion, causing the Toyota to roll over, according to the release.

Weber and Bernhardt were taken by Somonauk paramedics to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. Navarrete and the three children were taken by Waterman paramedics to Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

Weber was cited for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

Everyone in both vehicles was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, authorities said.