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Three victims in separate crashes still hospitalized

Published: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

An elderly Franklin Grove man involved in a car crash remained in critical condition Friday, and an 18-year-old moped driver from Sterling was in serious condition, Rockford hospital spokeswomen said.

Charles Ball, 87, was a passenger in a car that went out of control Wednesday and was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 2:45 p.m. on state Route 38 and Grange Road, midway between Ashton and Rochelle in Ogle County.

The driver, his son, Thomas Ball, 63, also of Franklin Grove, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said.

The younger Ball didn’t see a vehicle that was stopped to make a left turn, and he lost control while trying to swerve to avoid hitting it, the sheriff’s department said.

The elder Ball was in critical condition Friday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

In the other incident, Brian Muntean Jr. was northbound on First Avenue in Rock Falls about 4:20 p.m. Monday when the moped he was driving hit the rear bumper of a car driven by 48-year-old Jorge Armando Romo-Mauricio, also of Rock Falls, police said in a release.

Charges are pending, the release said.

Muntean was in serious condition at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

And Rosarita Gonzalez, 52, of Chicago, who was severely injured in an Aug. 3 motorcycle crash that took the life of her husband and a Lanark motorcyclist, also remained in serious condition Friday at Saint Anthony’s.

Richard Zimmerman, 67, of Lanark, and formerly of Mount Morris, and Michael Gonzalez, 50, of Chicago, died in the crash, which happened about 11 a.m. along state Route 64, east of Mount Morris. Authorities said the two motorcyclists hit nearly head-on when Gonzalez tried to pass other bikers.

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