A father from Rolling Meadows, Illinois, who was hospitalized after a wrong-way I-90 incident that killed seven people, including his wife and four children, in Hampshire, passed away on Wednesday, August 3. Thomas Dobosz, 32, was being treated for critical wounds at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after he was helicoptered there early on Sunday. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at the hospital on Wednesday at 11:17 a.m. An autopsy has not yet been performed.
Thomas Dobosz’s family as a whole perished in a horrific vehicle accident.
As reported by The Sun, 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez was operating a gray Acura on Interstate 90 near Hampshire, Illinois when she slammed into Dobosz’s blue Chevrolet van. Fernandez was going against the flow of traffic when he collided head-on with Dobosz, igniting both cars. The driver of the gray Acura car and the occupants inside his van died instantly at the scene, along with Dobosz’s wife Lauren, 31, and five children—two girls, aged 13 and two boys, aged 7, and six, and a girl, aged five—as well as Dobosz’s wife Lauren. Emma, Lucas, Nicky, and Ella were the names of the four of the couple’s five children. A family member confirmed to the local media that the couple’s eldest daughter’s friend, 13-year-old Katriona Koziara, also died in the terrible crash.
The Illinois State Police and the manager of a GoFundMe page for the family both confirmed Dobosz’s passing on Wednesday. We’re here today to provide an update on Tom, but our hearts are heavy. After getting his angel wings, Tom is now with his lovely wife, Lauren, and their priceless children. We ask that you please remember his family in your prayers. According to Lisa Torres of the Oriole Park Falcons in Chicago’s Northwest Side, a youth travel football and cheerleading team in which the family took part, “all revenues are going to the family,” according to Metro.UK.
The death of Dobosz was also confirmed by the Oriole Park Falcons’ head coach, Sam Filpi. The Falcons were a traveling youth football and cheer squad that included members of the Dobosz family. The team returned to the field for the first time on Wednesday, and Filpi acknowledged that his faith had given him the strength to persevere through this tough time. Filpi asserts, “Belief in God. that there is a purpose behind this. that we’re all in this together. The Dobosz family, according to Filpi, was consistently willing to lend a hand, coach, play, or raise money for the team. I almost dropped my phone, and I simply couldn’t believe it, he said. “We didn’t know what to do. We were clueless. You’re not sure what to do in that situation.
Even after moving hundreds of miles away, according to Filpi, the family never missed a game. He coached two of the children in the relationship, with Lauren acting as team mom. They were there all the time. Along with her as the team mom, they were constantly present. That demonstrates affection for the participants as well as commitment to and love for a program. He continued, “We had that feeling about them. During a football practice on Wednesday night at Oriole Park in Chicago, friends of Thomas Dobosz gathered for an impromptu tribute. The memorial balloon release for Kat Koziara and the rest of the Dobosz family happened there as well on Monday.
The Daily Herald was informed by Katriona’s mother, Kasia Koziara, that she is organizing her daughter’s funeral and expects to hold a memorial service at a park in Rolling Meadows soon. The adolescent, known to family and friends as Kat, was a student instructor at the Prospect Heights-based Breaking Program, a breakdance organization that offers dancing classes and workshops, where she monitored lessons and helped young people. It’s extremely appreciated if you can help us because Katriona “has been and always will be adored and cherished by many,” her mother continued. To honor her life and her impending heavenly fate, I must give her the best send-off I am capable of giving.