Jul 30, 2014

Police: Island Lake Man BAC Four Times Legal Limit in Fatal Metra Crash

Francisco Carranza, 36, and his daughter, Alyssa Carranza, 7, were killed in the Jan. 22 accident near the intersection of Route 134 and Porter Drive in Round Lake Park, according to media reports.

Police: Island Lake Man BAC Four Times Legal Limit in Fatal Metra Crash
Police said Monday a 36-year-old Island Lake man started drinking around noon on Jan. 22 and had a blood alcohol content level four times the legal limit when he drove him and his 7-year-old daughter through a Metra crossing gate and collided with a train in Round Lake Park, according to the Daily Herald. 

Francisco Carranza, 36,  died at the scene of the crash and the body of his daughter, Alyssa M. Carranza, 7, who was a second-grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Round Lake, was found 50 feet from the crash scene, according to the  Daily Herald

Round Lake Police said investigators  learned Carranza began drinking around noon with a group of six or seven friends at a Round Lake Beach restaurant before picking up his daughter at 2 or 2:30 p.m. and then returning to the restaurant with Alyssa and continuing to drink with his friends, according to the article. 

Police learned Carranza's group had a total tab of $249—mainly from beer and some mixed drinks and little food — and he left the restaurant with Alyssa around 5:15 p.m., according to the Daily Herald. 

Police said the accident happened when Carranza  was driving near the intersection of Route 134 and Porter Drive in Round Lake Park around 6 p.m. and then traveled over the Metra tracks and was hit by the Metra train, according to  CBS Chicago. 

Police said crossing gates were active at the time Carranza drove through them, according to an earlier article from the Daily Herald. 

WGN-TV reports surveillance video showed the SUV pulling up to the crossing gates — while lights were flashing —  and then shows the SUV suddenly driving through the gates and the crossing.

Police originally thought there  was only one victim—the father—in the crash, according to the Daily Herald. Allysa's body was found around 8 p.m. in a snowbank hours after  she was ejected from the SUV, according to  ABC 7 Chicago

Francisco Carranza owned Carranza Insurance Agency and was well known throughout the community in Round Lake, according to an  ABC 7 Chicago video report. 

Read more on the Daily Herald.

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