At least one hundred people braved the bitter temperatures to remember Francisco Carranza and his daughter Alyssa this evening at a vigil in Round Lake.
Carranza, 36, and his 7 year-old daughter died last night after he drove his SUV through the gates and was struck by an oncoming Metra train. Alyssa was thrown from the vehicle and discovered nearly an hour later in a nearby ditch. She had not been wearing a seat belt.
This evening, family and friends gathered to remember the shy little girl who made the cheerleading squad and her father, who owned and insurance company in town and often donated money to causes he believed in.
Surveillance video shows Carranza pulling up to the gate with lights flashing and then suddenly driving though it.
Authorities say preliminary information shows that alcohol may be a factor, but investigators will look into mechanical errors and other possible distractions in hopes of finding out what caused Carranza to drive through the gate.
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