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A drunk driver fleeing police, that's what Rockford Police say led to a fiery two vehicle accident early this morning that killed a Rockford man.

34 year old Donald Parson's of Rockford is now charged with DUI, having a revoked license, attempting to flee, and eluding a police officer. 28 year old Cornelius Graham of Rockford was killed in the accident. It happened about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Alpine and Riverside.

Investigators say the victim was turning when his car was hit. Graham was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they tried to stop Parsons at Alpine and Highcrest just before the fatal crash. Parsons fled when officers approached his car because of erratic driving and high speeds, police did not pursue per RPD policy.

The intersection was closed for about ten hours today.

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  • by Bill Location: Davis, Il on Jul 3, 2007 at 08:35 PM
    We think that stream of news across the bottom of the screen is terrible. How many facts do you want us review at once? We are switching stations.
  • by Sarah Location: Rockford on Jul 2, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    To the family and close friends~ I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. And to "John" (email below) what you said in your email is just wrong. You have no idea why someone may be out at 2am!This does not mean you can judge him. You should be ashamed of what you said and think how you would feel if this were one your family members. I was at the funeral and saw many, many crying eyes. It was a very sad day for a lot of people. My prayers are with you all.
  • by sandra Location: rockford on Jun 28, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    To the family my prayers go out to you and the children he has left behind.may you find peace as he is now re-united with his father and the father of all, God himself. God bless and take care.
  • by Eric Location: Rockford on Jun 28, 2007 at 01:37 AM
    I was there and saw the cop car chasing him. He had his lights off, but kept his distance of about 200 yards. They blew past my apartment and I was sitting outside. Then I heard the crash. Don't always believe what you read.
  • by John Location: Rockford on Jun 26, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Correction. Change starts at home. Because 2 men found nothing better to do with their lives and were out "driving around" at 2:00 am on a Monday morning, your 4 month old daughter no longer has a father. Don't blame the police. I'm sorry for your loss, but those are the true facts.
  • by kristina Location: rockford on Jun 26, 2007 at 09:12 AM
    Is this person that killed this man being charged with reckless homicide as well, or is he going to get away with killing a person that had his whole life to live and 5 kids to raise
  • by Michael Location: Rockford on Jun 25, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    Someone didn't think before he acted. Now he will live with this for the rest of his life. How sad that a young 28 year old life is over as the result of someone being so idiotic. Michael
  • by Kelly Location: Rockford on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    Because the officer did not pursue,per RPD policy,my 4 month old daughter no longer has a father.
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