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Police/Fire Reports

Dixon man dies after two-vehicle crash Friday

OREGON – A Dixon man is dead following a two-vehicle crash Friday on Lowden Road in rural Franklin Grove.

Michael Chavera, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County coroner, Ogle County Sheriff's deputies said in a press release.

Deputies responded at 6:30 a.m. to the crash, about .25 miles south of Stone Barn Road. A Mazda passenger car driven by Chavera was northbound on Lowden Road, while a second Mazda passenger car, driven by Frank Castaldo, 28, of Byron, was southbound.

The vehicles collided nearly head-on, rolled over at least once and came to rest in the east ditch of the roadway. Castaldo suffered only minor injuries and refused medical attention.

No further information was available today. The crash remains under investigation.

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