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Somonauk Police say a Somonauk man stated he became distracted, due to coughing, before he lost control and ended up crashing into a residence in Somonauk on Tuesday afternoon.

Police and Somonauk Fire were called around 4:14 p.m. to a vehicle vs. structure accident in the 400 block of South Gage St.

According to a press statement from Somonauk Police Chief Bill King, police say arriving units found that 69 year-old Joel Pyle of Tammy Ln. was was traveling southbound on Gage Street in a pickup truck and had veered across the northbound lane when the vehicle went into a residential yard and then struck a private residence.

Police say the vehicle broke through the cement block foundation wall and protruded a short distance into the basement with the bumper of the vehicle.

The residence was occupied by one resident at the time and they were not injured. The home was also deemed structurally safe and the resident was allowed to remain in the residence.

Chief King says Pyle stated he had become distracted, due to coughing, and he lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop before striking the residence.

Pyle was seen by Somonauk Fire Department Paramedics and refused medical treatment.

He was cited in the crash for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and has a pending court date in LaSalle County Dec. 26th at 9:00am. 

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.