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Rolling Meadows father involved in wrong-way crash on I-90 dies from his injuries

Thomas Dobosz, 32, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has died, police said.

Thomas Dobosz, 32, and Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows, their 4 children and another girl who was a family friend, and the driver of a car going the wrong way on the Jane Addams (I-90) early Sunday morning all perished in the collision. | Photo: GoFundMe

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — The Rolling Meadows father, who was the sole survivor of a family killed in a fiery crash caused by a car driving the wrong-way on Interstate 90 in northern Illinois early Sunday morning, died today, Illinois State Police announced.

As we originally reported, the crash occurred around 2 a.m. on Interstate 90 in McHenry County, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Chicago. The crash occurred near Anthony Road and mile-marker 33.

Police said Jennifer Fernandez, 22, of Carpentersville, was driving an Acura TSX in the wrong direction “for unknown reasons” before striking a full-size Chevrolet van in the westbound lanes of I-90. Authorities added that both vehicles were “engulfed in flames.”

Six passengers in the van were killed the night of the incident.

Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows was killed along with her four children, a 5-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy, and 13-year-old girl. A fifth child, a 13-year-old girl who was a friend of the 13-year-old girl, was also killed in the crash.

Lauren's husband, Thomas Dobosz, 32, was driving the van at the time of the crash and was seriously wounded. Illinois State Police said he was flown by helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Thomas Dobosz, 32, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, died today after succumbing to his injuries, police said.

The Dobosz family were involved in cheerleading for the Oriole Park Falcons and the team set up a GoFundMe for family expenses.


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