A Rolling Meadows dad dies days after a crash killed his household

Already mourning the loss of members of the Rolling Meadows family, the people who coached Thomas Dobosz learned Wednesday that he, too, had died from injuries sustained in a crash last weekend in McHenry County.

A 32-year-old Rolling Meadows father of four was being treated for serious injuries at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after being airlifted away early Sunday.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday. he was posted in the hospital. An autopsy has not yet been performed.

Illinois State Police and the organizer of a GoFundMe page for the family also confirmed Dobosch’s death Wednesday.

“It is with a heavy heart that we come today to tell you about Tom. Tom has received angel wings and is now with his wonderful wife Lauren and precious children. Please keep this family in your prayers. All proceeds will go to the family,” wrote Lisa Torres of the Oriole Park Falcons. youth travel soccer and cheer programs the family attended on Chicago’s northwest side.

On the way to the family cabin in Minnesota, Doboš sat behind the wheel of the family in 2005. A Chevrolet van traveling westbound on Interstate 90 near Hampshire when it was struck in 2010. An Acura TSX sedan headed in the wrong direction. State troopers at 2:11 a.m. Sunday. responded to the scene where cars were engulfed in flames.

Six passengers in the van were killed: 31-year-old Lauren Dobosz, her four children – 13-year-old Emma, ​​7-year-old Lucas, 6-year-old Nicholas and 5-year-old Ella. and 13-year-old Katriona Koziara, who was a friend of the family.


Also killed was the driver of the Acura, Jennifer Fernandez, 22, of Carpentersville. State police said only that she was traveling eastbound in the westbound direction “for unknown reasons.”

Kasia Koziara, Katriona’s mother, told the Daily Herald Wednesday that she is preparing for the funeral and hopes to hold a memorial service at Rolling Meadows Park soon. Affectionately known as Kat to family and friends, the teenager was a teacher who taught classes and taught students in the Breaking program at Prospect Heights, a breaking group that offers dance lessons and workshops.

“It is very nice to support us because Catriona was and always will be loved and remembered by many,” said her mother. “She deserves the best farewell I can do to celebrate her life and heavenly future.”

On Wednesday night, friends of Thomas Doboš gathered for an impromptu memorial during football practice at Chicago’s Oriole Park. It was the same location where a balloon release memorial was held Monday for the rest of the Dobos family and Kat Koziara.

“Tom was very good with his hands, whether it was carpentry, mechanics, electrical work — he was like a jack of all trades,” said cheer coach Wanda Perez of Chicago.

According to Perez, Lauren and Thomas Doboszai met and became lovers at Ridgewood Community High School in Norridge. The couple later moved and raised their family in Rolling Meadows to help Lauren’s grandparents.

“They were so loving, caring and giving,” said Perez, who befriended Lauren and Tom Dobosz in 2013. “Our friendship went beyond training.”

A family member of Dobosch confirmed Wednesday that GoFundMe has three online fundraising pages to help pay for the funeral and other expenses.

Oriole Park Falcons Fundraiser, gofundme.com/f/dobosz-family-funeral-expensesraised more than $98,000 for the Dobosch family.

Rolling Meadows Police Department Hope Fund, gofundme.com/f/rmpd-hope-fundraised over $43,000.

Page created by Lauren Dobosz’s parents, gofundme.com/f/tom-and-lauren-dobosz-familyraised nearly $26,000.

“I can’t imagine the pain and suffering that the Dobosch and Johns families are feeling,” Perez said. “I also send my deepest condolences to Jennifer Fernandez’s family as I can’t imagine how they are feeling and what they are thinking. They too have suffered a loss.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

• Daily Herald staff writer Scott C. Morgan contributed to this report.

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