ROLLA MEADOW, Till (WLS) — A Rolling Meadows father is hospitalized after a wrong-way I-90 crash that killed seven people, including his wife and four children in Hampshire.
Thomas Dobosz, 32, was hospitalized at Loyola University Medical Center after the crash in McHenry County on Sunday. An Oriole Park Falcons coach told ABC7 on Wednesday that Dobosz had died.
Investigators said just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Dobosz was driving westbound on I-90 near Hampshire in a blue Chevy van when the driver of a gray Acura, identified as 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez of Carpentersville, was driving in the opposite direction and collided with the head of Dobosz’s vehicle. Both cars were fully engulfed in flames.
Troopers said they found Fernandez dead at the scene, along with all of Dobosz’s passengers, identified as 31-year-old Lauren Dobosz and five children: two 13-year-old girls, 7- and 6-year-old boys, and A 5-year-old girl.
Neighbors in Rolling Meadows said they were the couple’s four children, Emma, Lucas, Nicky and Ella. The other 13-year-old girl was a friend, relatives said.
The Oriole Park Falcons are a close-knit community.
The Falcons return to the practice field for the first time Wednesday after the incredible accident over the weekend that took the entire Dobosz family.
The team’s coach said it is his faith that is sustaining him during this difficult time.
“The faith in God. That there is a reason for this. That we are all in this together,” said Oriole Park football coach Sam Filpi.
Filpi said the Dobosz family was very involved with the Oriole Park Falcons football and cheer teams, whether it was volunteering, coaching, playing or fundraising.
“I basically dropped my phone and I couldn’t believe it,” Filpi said. “We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know. You don’t know what to do in that situation.”
Filpi coached two of the four kids and Lauren was the team mom.
“They were always there. With her as a team mom, they were always there. That’s commitment and love for a program, love for the people in the program. That’s how we felt about them,” he said.
Even after moving 15 miles northwest to Rolling Meadows, Filpi said the Dobosz haven’t lost practice with their tireless dedication.
“Lauren and Tom were like, ‘Hey, what do you guys want, we got it?’ Or the shed needs to be fixed, Tom would fix the door on the shed,” said Filpi.
As the Falcons prepare to take the field again, there’s a small reminder of the Dubosz family’s legacy on the scoreboard.
“We’re in this as a family, I mean Oriole Park football and cheerleading is a family,” Filpi said.
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