UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Dontrell Littleton was found guilty on two counts of reckless homicide and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle for his involvement in the crash that killed Dorothy Galloway and Howard Riddle on Spring Creek Road in 2013.
Galloway was pronounced dead at the scene of that collision while her husband died three months later in the hospital.
The state says Littleton was impaired by marijuana and reckless behind the wheel before hitting the couple's car head-on at a speed of at least 65 miles per hour.
Following the verdict, Galloway's brother, nearly in tears, says there is no justice for his family.
"Two innocent, wonderful people died for no reason at all and this shouldn't have happened," said Jim Galloway, Dorothy's brother. "This wasn't an accident. He got behind the wheel impaired and he made that choice and he killed my sister and he killed my brother-in-law and just about killed and hurt a bunch of other people. He should be in jail for a long time and I'm afraid he's not going to be."
Littleton was found not guilty on charges of aggravated DUI causing death as well as bodily hard to his passenger Tyrone Briggs.
The judge also threw out first degree murder charges on Thursday because the defense says there was no evidence to back that up.
Littleton will be back in court for a possible residential burglary charge, which stems from evidence recovered in the accident, on June 22nd.
Sentencing for this verdict will be on July 22nd. Defense attorney Scott Frankel says each count of the reckless homicide charge brings three to seven years.
May 12, 2016
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The charge of first degree murder against Dontrell Littleton has been dismissed after the judge agrees the state did not produce enough evidence to support the charge.
Littleton is on trial for his alleged involvement in the car accident that killed Dorothy Galloway and her husband Howard ‘Ed’ Riddle in the 300 block of Spring Creek Road back in 2013. All other charges, including reckless homicide and aggravated DUI involving death still stand.
Closing arguments in the trial are expected to be held Friday, May 13.
May 10, 2016
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A chaotic scene with several victims, some who had been thrown from a car. That’s how witnesses described the moments after a deadly crash in September 2013.
"It was the impact and then it was like watching a movie. You just see things flying," Theresa Larson, who witnessed the crash, testified during Dontrell Littleton’s murder trial.
Prosecutors say Littleton was high on drugs and speeding in a stolen car on Spring Creek near N. 2nd Street when he lost control, hitting another car head-on. He and another person in his car were thrown from the vehicle.
The two people in the other car, Howard Riddle and Dorothy Galloway, died.
Littleton is charged with 22 counts including murder, reckless homicide, and aggravated DUI involving death.
May 9, 2016
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Jury selection is underway for a Rockford man charged with killing a husband and wife in a car crash in 2013.
Dontrell Littleton denies being under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash that killed Dorothy Galloway and later her husband Howard Riddle in the 300 block of Spring Creek Road.
Police say Littleton was driving a stolen car at the time. He faces 22 counts including six counts of first degree murder.
January 23, 2015
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The man accused of crashing a stolen car into a Rockford couple faces even more charges in that fatal accident.
19-year-old Dontrell Littleton faces more counts for reckless homicide and driving while high on drugs in the deaths of Dorothy Galloway and her husband Ed Riddle.
The crash happened back in September 2013. Investigators say Littleton was speeding across the Auburn Street Bridge in a stolen car, then lost control and slammed into the car with Galloway and Riddle.
Both died after the crash. Littleton has told a judge he’s not guilty. He will be back in court in March.
December 20, 2013
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We have confirmed that Rockford man Ed Riddle has passed away. He was injured after a car accident in late September that killed his wife, Dorothy Galloway. Galloway was especially known for her activism in the Rockford Community.
Police say three men in a stolen car were speeding down Spring Creek Road when the driver lost control and crashed into Riddle’s car head on.
18-year-old Dontrell Littleton has been charged with several charges including first degree murder. Further charges against Littleton will be reviewed by the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office. He will be in court for a pre-trial hearing next month.
October 28, 2013
UPDATE: One of the men allegedly involved in a crash that killed a well-known Rockford woman last month is facing several murder charges.
18-year-old Dontrell Littleton has been indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury. He's charged with 14 criminal counts including first degree murder. Police say Littleton was speeding on Spring Creek Road near the North Second interchange in a stolen vehicle when he lost control and crashed into Dorothy Galloway's car. She died a the scene. Her husband suffered serious injuries. Galloway helped out with Dozens of local non-profits.
Littleton will be back in court next month.
October 7, 2013
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford teen accused of crashing a stolen car while high and killing a longtime community activist made his first court appearance this afternoon.
18-year-old Dontrell Littleton was released from the hospital this weekend. He’ll remain in jail on a one million dollars bond. Police say Littleton was speeding across the Auburn Street Bridge when he lost control and smashed into another car killing 65-year-old Dorothy Galloway and critically wounding her husband who remains in the hospital.
He’s listed in serious condition.
October 1, 2013
UPDATE: More charges have been authorized against the man who police say caused the accident that killed 65-year-old Dorothy Galloway.
18-year-old Dontrell Littleton has been charged with the following:
Police say Littleton stole the car he was driving three days before Sunday's accident. Investigators say he sped over the Auburn Street Bridge, lost control, and hit Galloway and her husband's Chrysler head on.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Dontrell Littleton with a bond of $1,000,000. Littleton is under police guard at a local hospital.
September 30, 2013
ROCKFORD (WIFR) --Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expresses his condolences to the family of Dorothy Galloway’s family after the fatal crash that claimed her life. The mayor says he watched the crash unfold on Sunday night.
“We were probably two to three second ahead of the collision and the moment I saw this happening in my rear view mirror, I prayed that no lives were lost and there was a life lost, a dear friend of our community," says Morrissey.
Galloways,65, was involved in several local organizations including the Epilepsy Association and Mother House. Her husband remains in critical condition following the crash. This is the third time this year a Rockford driver has been killed in a similar situation, and city aldermen say something needs to be done when innocent people are dying in the middle of a crime.
"Whether they are on parole or probation, they're a criminal. They are in the process of committing a bad act, a violent act and that's an issue. We need to figure out a way to stop these bad acts, these violent acts, and my heart goes out to all these families,” says 4th Ward Alderman Kevin Frost.
“It’s scary because that woman was minding her own business and going about her daily life and her life was taken from her. It’s affecting the whole community and I give my condolences to the family. No matter what I say won’t heal their hearts because she is missing but know that we are doing everything we can to prevent this from happening in the future,” says 8th Ward Alderman Jeanne Oddo.
Aldermen point to a new parolee database as a step in the right direction to prevent offenders from committing new crimes.
Rockford’s mayor says it’s likely that 18 year old Dontrell Littleton who was driving the car who police say caused the crash is on probation.
September 30, 2013
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A trip to a friend’s house turned deadly after police say the driver of a stolen car crashed into a Rockford couple, killing a woman and leaving her husband fighting for his life.
The Rockford Police Department says 18-year-old Dontrell Littleton was high on drugs, speeding down Spring Creek in a stolen car on Sunday. Littleton lost control of the car near North Second Street, hitting another car and killed 65-year-old Dorothy. So far, Littleton has only be charged with speeding and DUI, but more charges could come later.
Galloway’s death hit the community hard. She spent years in the Stateline, volunteering for dozens of organizations.
“The one thing I think you hear from everybody is as soon as you meet her, you’ll never forget her. That’s just Dorothy. She’s got a very infectious personality, kind of contagious,” said United Way CEO Paul Logli.
Dorothy Galloway’s giving spirit touched thousands of lives. The 65-year-old dedicated her life to serving others in the Rockford Community.
“We are indebted to Dorothy Galloway for the things she has done over the last decades that have improved the plight of thousands of people in our community,” Logli said.
She worked with the Epilepsy Association, Hunger Connection, Mother House, and the AIDS network and the list goes on and on. Her friend of more than 30 years, Kay Larrick says Galloway never gave helping others a second thought.
“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,” said Galloway’s friend Kay Larrick.
Galloway and her husband were on their way home from a friend’s house Sunday evening when police say the suspect, who was driving a stolen car high on drugs, crashed into the couple’s car head-on. For many, her tragic death still doesn’t seem real.
“She was just so alive that its still. I have to say it really hasn’t settled to me, I don’t think it’s reality yet to me that Dorothy won’t be coming through the door again.”
Now those closest to Galloway hope others will keep their friend’s generous spirit alive.
“I think the best any of us can do is just try to live like Dorothy lived and in that way, make our community better for the loss.”
Galloway’s husband, Ed Riddle, is still in critical condition. There were two other people in that stolen car that caused the accident. 20-year-old Christopher Ross and 21-year-old Tyrone Briggs. So far, neither face any charges.
Police say the car was stolen on Thursday from the 2300 block of Jonathan Avenue. We spoke with people who live in the neighborhood who say they haven’t heard of a lot of car thefts in the area. We also checked the crime mapping tool on our website, which reports there were three other cars stolen from the area all happening last Thursday.
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September 30, 2013
UPDATE: The driver of the stolen vehicle in Sunday's fatal accident has been charged with speeding and DUI of drugs.
Rockford police say the accident happened around 5pm on Spring Creek Road near the North 2nd Street interchange. Officers say three men in a stolen black Hyundai Elantra were speeding down Spring Creek Road heading east under the interchange. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Dontrell Littleton, lost control, crossed the median and crashed head on with a white Chrysler. The other two passengers have been identified as 20-year-old Christopher Ross and 21-year-old Tyron Briggs both of Rockford. No charges have been filed against them.
The passenger in that car, 65 year old Dorothy Galloway, died at the scene; and the driver, Howard Riddle was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The Hyundai also hit a Buick; the man and woman who were inside are expected to be OK. The driver of the stolen car is in critical condition, the two others inside walked away from the accident.
The case is still under investigation and police say further charges are pending while police consult with the Winnebago County State's Attorney's office.
September 29, 2013
UPDATE: The victim has been identified in Sunday's fatal accident at Springcreek Road and North Second Street.
According to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office, Rockford resident Dorothy Galloway was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday around 6 p.m. Rockford police continue to investigate the accident. An autopsy is pending. Toxicology tests will be available in two weeks.
September 29, 2013
UPDATE: The area near North Second Street and Springcreek Road is now open.
September 29, 2013
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The car that caused a deadly crash Sunday night in Rockford was stolen.
Rockford police say the accident happened around 5pm on Spring Creek Road near the North 2nd Street interchange. Officers say three men in a stolen black Hyundai Elantra were speeding down Spring Creek Road heading east under the interchange. The driver lost control, crossed the median and crashed head on with a white Chrysler. The passenger in that car, a 65 year old woman, died at the scene; the male driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Hyundai also hit a Buick; the man and woman who were inside are expected to be OK. The driver of the stolen car is in critical condition, the two others inside walked away from the accident.
The names of the individuals involved are being withheld at until their families are notified. Police roped off the intersection for several hours, as of 10:30pm on Sunday the intersection was closed to traffic.