What was supposed to be an exciting family event turned to tragedy. A family heading to a graduation ceremony at Boylan High School was hit by a car drag racing down Riverside Boulevard. Two people in the family were killed. Two others critically injured.
Dead is an elderly Mexican woman named Antonio Virgilio and her eight-year-old grandson, Rodrigo. Two others in the family van are critically injured.
Rockford police say the van was turning off of Riverside onto Huffman Avenue when two cars heading west came speeding at them.
One of the cars slammed into the van. The driver suffered minor injuries and is now in police custody. The driver of the other car sped off.
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