Already grieving the death of members of a Rolling Meadows family, loved ones of the Dobosz family discovered that Thomas Dobosz, too, died as a consequence of injuries incurred in the wrong-way collision on the I-90 last weekend.
A father died due to his injuries sustained in a catastrophic incident on Interstate 90 that also killed his wife and four children. Tom Dobosz, 32, was declared dead on Wednesday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, reports CBS News. After the collision in McHenry County on Sunday, Dobosz was taken to Loyola University Medical Center.
A Rolling Meadows father Thomas Dobosz died Wednesday after a wrong-way I-90 crash killed his wife and four children in Hampshire. https://t.co/tsdfWsCUdq— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) August 3, 2022
Dobosz was traveling westbound on I-90 at Hampshire in a blue Chevy van when the driver of a grey Acura, identified as 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez of Carpentersville, was going in the other way and collided with Dobosz's car head-on, according to the police's statement to ABC News. Both vehicles were completely enveloped in flames. The van was being driven by Tom Dobosz, and the passengers were Lauren Dobosz and her four children – Emma, 13, Lucas, 7, Nicholas, 6, and Ella, 5 — along with another 13-year-old friend of the family, Katriona Koziara. Troopers told NBC that they discovered Fernandez, as well as all of Dobosz's passengers, dead on the scene.
The driver who had survived a fiery I-90 crash near Hampshire on Sunday that killed the rest of his family, plus a family friend, has died of his injuries, police said.https://t.co/MiHCrJRS6V— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 3, 2022
Investigators from the Illinois State Police are trying to figure out why the car driver, Fernandez, was driving in the wrong direction. Autopsies are scheduled to be performed in the next few days. The Dobosz children studied at Central Road Elementary School and Carl Sandburg Junior High School, both in Rolling Meadows, according to Community Consolidated School District 15. All of the Dobosz children engaged in Falcon Football or cheerleading. Lauren coached cheerleaders, while Tom assisted with the football team.
"We are absolutely heartsick, and in both shock and grieving over the awful loss of five children and one parent," Community Consolidated School District 15 said in a press release. “We come with a heavy heart today with an update on Tom. Tom has gained his angel wings and is now with his amazing wife Lauren and precious children,” read a post on the GoFundMe for the family. The page has raised over $94,000 at the time of reporting. CBS reports that according to district authorities, mental healthcare providers will be on hand throughout the week at the school to help anybody dealing with the loss.
The Oriole Park Falcons are a close-knit community. The Falcons return to practice for the first time after the horrific tragedy that killed the whole Dobosz family. The Oriole Park football coach Sam Filpi said that his faith is what keeps him going throughout this trying situation. "The faith in God. There's a reason behind this. We're all in this together," he told ABC.
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