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.