MICHIGAN COUNTY, Ill. – A man who was in critical condition after a fatal wrong-way crash that killed his wife, four children and two others, died Wednesday.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Thomas Dobosz, 32, died Wednesday morning at Loyola Medical Center from injuries sustained in the crash.
The accident happened around 2 am last 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 westbound 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, aged between 5 and 13, were killed.
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 Falcons.