ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (WLS) — A Rolling Meadows father hospitalized after a wrong-way crash on I-90 in Hampshire that killed seven people, including his wife and four children, has died.
Thomas Doboš, 32, was hospitalized Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center after the crash in McHenry County. The Oriole Park Falcons coach told ABC7 on Wednesday that Dobosch had died.
Investigators reported that after 2 a.m. on Sunday. overnight, Dobosz was driving a blue Chevy van west on I-90 near Hampshire when the driver of a gray Acura, identified as Jennifer Fernandez, 22, of Carpentersville, was traveling in the opposite direction and struck Dobosz’s vehicle head-on. Both cars were completely engulfed in flames.
Authorities 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 one. 5 years for a girl.
Neighbors in Rolling Meadows said four of them were the couple’s children, Emma, Lucas, Nicky and Ella. Another 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 Wednesday for the first time since a freak accident over the weekend killed Dobosch’s entire family.
The coach of the team said that he is supported by faith at this difficult time.
“Faith in God. That there’s a reason for this. That we’re all in this together,” Oriole Park football coach Sam Filpi said.
Filpi said the Dobosz family has been very involved with the Oriole Park Falcons football and cheer squads, whether it was volunteering, coaching, playing or fundraising.
“I just dropped the phone and I just 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 a situation like this.”
Filpi coached two of their four children and Lauren was the team mom.
“They’ve always been there. And she’s always been there as the mom of the team. It’s dedication and love for the 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 Dobos never missed a practice because of their unwavering commitment.
“Lauren and Tom were like, ‘Hey, what do you need, we’ve got this?’ Or you need to fix the shed, Tom would go fix the shed door,” Filpi recalled.
As the Falcons prepare to take the field again, a small reminder of the Dubos family’s legacy lies under the scoreboard.
“We’re a family here, I mean Oriole Park football and cheerleading is a family,” Filpi added.
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