MICHIGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WGN) — A man was in critical condition after a fatal crash the wrong way who killed his wife, four children and two others, who died on Wednesday.
According to the Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner Thomas Dobosz, 32, died Wednesday morning at Loyola Medical Center from injuries sustained in the crash.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on I-90 near mile marker 33, about 50 miles from Chicago.
Illinois State Police said Thomas Dobosz and his 31-year-old wife, Lauren Dobosz – both of Rolling Meadows – were driving west on I-90 in a full-size Chevrolet van carrying five children when they were hit by a wrong-way driver. head on, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
According to ISP, 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez was driving the wrong way “for unknown reasons.”
Lauren Dobosz and the five children, between 5 and 13 years old, were killed: Ella, Nicky, Lucas, Emma and Emma’s 13-year-old friend.
Fernandez – who was from Carpentersville – also died, according to authorities.
At the time, Thomas Dobosz was the only survivor of the accident and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
A neighbor who lives across the street from the couple says they had four children. He believes the fifth child involved in the accident was a friend of his oldest child.
“The kids were very friendly,” David Moreno said. “They were always talkative. We would always run into them at the supermarket.”
The family was very involved in the local cheer community with the Oriole Park Falcons.