Rockford looses a life-long community volunteer, 65-year-old Dorothy Galloway, after a deadly Sunday afternoon car wreck on Spring Creek Road and North 2nd Street. Those who worked closely with Dorothy Galloway say she will be missed.
Investigators say a stolen car, driven by 18-year-old Dontrell Littleton, hit Galloway's vehicle head on. He is still in the hospital under guard.
"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," says Lieutenant Pat Hoey of the Rockford Police Department
As a dedicated volunteer and supporter of many not-for-profit organizations, Dorothy Galloway's list of accomplishments may be too numerous to count.
"I know there was a time when I'd go to, no matter what fundraiser I went to, what event I went to Dorothy Galloway was there working as a volunteer, it was just incredible commitment to this community," says Paul Logli, President of the United Way of Rock River Valley
Galloway also helped to raise funds for Rockford's Crusader Community Health.
"Dorothy really believed in the mission of crusader, to provide access to health care to people in need. I really feel a part of my heart is missing with Dorothy being gone," Linda Niemiec, Crusader Clinic Vice President of Development.
Another of Galloway's passions was participating in the local art scene with her husband, artist Ed Riddle.
"She was tirelessly not only promoting his extraordinary work but every artist in town. she wanted to make sure that everybody had a chance," says Anne O'Keefe, Rockford Area Arts Council President and CEO
Galloway helped organize Rockford's annual 'Art Scene'. With just five days until this year's event, Rockford Area Arts Council leaders say it will be difficult not having her around.
"But I think that it's our responsibility as citizens of this community, we have some pretty big issues and things that need to be done, but I think we should all carry in our hearts what Dorothy would do and that would be to move forward, forge ahead, even when things are difficult, and always find the smile in everything."
Dorothy's husband was also injured in the accident. He is still in critical condition at OSF St. Anthony Hospital.
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