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Truck rollover early Sunday kills passenger

Sheriff says alcohol was involved; charges pending against the driver

EARLVILLE – A 20-year-old woman from Batavia died early Sunday when a pickup truck carrying her and four others rolled over near the Lee County border with LaSalle County.

Five people were in the front seat of a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the crash, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said. Anna Danielson of Batavia was thrown from the truck and later pronounced dead at the scene.

Varga said alcohol was a factor in the crash, and that charges were pending against the driver, Jakub D. Baker, 21, of Leland.

Varga said Baker drove the truck through the T intersection of North South and Welland roads in eastern Lee County before it rolled over in a field.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at 12:39 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release, by which time Baker and a passenger, Tyler Becker, 19, of Earlville, had fled. Becker was later located at a local hospital, and Baker was found at his home in Leland.

Two other passengers, Max Boltz, 19, of Earlville, and Danny Heath, 22, of Leland, were transported to Mendota Hospital.

The crash was still being investigated Monday, Varga said.

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