At approximately 6:30 AM Friday morning Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Franklin Grove Fire Department responded to a 2 vehicle accident with injuries on Lowden Road about 1/4 mile south of Stone Barn Road in rural Franklin Grove.
A passenger car driven by 49 year old Michael Chavera of Dixon was driving northbound on Lowden Road and another car driven by 28 year old Frank Castaldo of Byron was driving southbound. Both vehicles collided nearly head-on, rolled over at least once and came to a rest in the east ditch of the roadway.
Chavera was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle county Coroner. Castaldo sustained only minor injuries and declined medical attention. Accident remains under investigation.