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Rockford Car Crash Lawyer Reports on Tragic Death of Community Leader

David Monteleone
Illinois Accident and Wrongful Death Lawyer

Posted on Oct 25, 2013

As a Rockford car crash lawyer at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm, I was saddened to learn of a tragic car accident on Spring Creek Road, near the North Second Street interchange, that resulted in the death of a long-time community leader and volunteer.


The car crash in Rockford happened on Sunday, September 29, 2013, when 65-year-old Dorothy Galloway and her husband Howard (Ed) Riddle were driving home in their white Chrysler after visiting a friend. As they were driving westbound on Spring Creek Road, a stolen black Hyundai Elantra, driven by 18-year-old Dontrell Littleton, was speeding eastbound down Spring Creed Road under the interchange. Littleton lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and crashed head-on into the white Chrysler before hitting a Buick.


Dorothy Galloway died at the scene of the accident. Her husband was critically injured and taken to OSF St. Anthony Hospital. Littleton was also critically injured. Two others in the car with him, 20-year-old Christopher Ross and 21-year-old Tyrone Briggs, walked away from the accident. The two passengers in the Buick were injured, but are expected to recover.


Police say Littleton was high on drugs at the time of the accident. He has already been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and speeding. More charges are likely. According to Rockford Police Department Lieutenant Pat Hoey, "We've got the initial charges on him for driving under the influence of drugs and speeding and that is being reviewed. We've already had one meeting with the State's Attorney's office and they're working right now on upgrading those charges."


Galloway spent her life helping others, volunteering with organizations like the Epilepsy Association, Hunger Connection, Mother House, Crusader Community Health, the AIDS Care Network, and the Rockford Area Arts Council to name just a few.


Her lifelong friend, Kay Larrick, said Galloway loved helping others. “It was just a true love life and being able to share that and help in any way she could. You know, she’d say, just give me a call girl, just give me a call, I’ll do that,” Larrick explained.


The Rockford car crash lawyers at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy Galloway and best wishes for a full recovery to her husband.

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