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Crime & Courts

Island Lake man had four times the legal BAC at time of fatal crash

ISLAND LAKE – An Island Lake man had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit when a train struck his car last month, killing him and his 7-year-old daughter.

Francisco Carranza, 36, had a 0.32 blood-alcohol content on the evening of Jan. 22 when he drove through an active crossing guard at the Metra tracks near the intersection of Route 134 and Porter Drive in Round Lake Park.

The collision occurred at roughly 6 p.m.

George Filenko, police chief for Round Lake, said police presumed alcohol was involved at the time of the accident but did not know the extent until toxicology reports were made available Monday.

After an investigation, Filenko said police believe Carranza began drinking at noon on Jan. 22 at a Round Lake Beach restaurant with a group of friends.

Carranza then left between 2 and 2:15 p.m. to pick up his 7-year-old daughter, Alyssa, at the bus stop near his ex-wife’s house roughly 15 minutes away, Filenko said.

Filenko said Carranza then returned to the restaurant with his daughter and resumed drinking until roughly 5 p.m.

Police believed Francisco Carranza was the only victim initially until discovering Alyssa Carranza had been ejected from the SUV upon impact, finding her in a snowbank. She died of a broken neck after striking a post, according to coroner reports.

Francisco Carranza owned Carranza Insurance Agency in Mundelein and Round Lake.

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