ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS: On August 3, a Rolling Meadows father who was injured in a reverse-flow accident on I-90 that killed seven people, including his wife and four children in Hampshire, died of complications from his injuries.
Thomas Dobosz, 32, was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood early Sunday morning for treatment of serious injuries. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said he was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday at the hospital. There hasn’t been an autopsy yet.
The Sun reports that Dobosz was driving on I-90 near Hampshire, Illinois, when he crashed into a gray Acura being driven by 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez. Fernandez was driving against oncoming traffic when he slammed into Dobosz, setting both cars on fire. The driver of the gray Acura car died instantly, along with Lauren Dobosz, his 31-year-old wife, and their five children: two 13-year-old girls, two 7- and 6-year-old boys and a 5-year-old girl. Four of these five children belonged to the couple. Their children were named Emma, Lucas, Nicky and Ella. A family friend told local media that 13-year-old Katriona Koziara, a friend of the couple’s eldest daughter, was also killed in the horrific accident.
On Wednesday, Illinois State Police and the person who set up a GoFundMe page for Dobosz’s family said he died. “We have some bad news about Tom to share with you today. Tom got his angel wings and is now with his wonderful wife Lauren and lovely children. We ask that you pray for his family. Lisa Torres of the Orioles Park Falcons, a youth football and incentive program the family was part of in Chicago’s northwest, told Metro.UK that all money raised will go to the family.
Oriole Park Falcons coach Sam Filpi also said Dobosz died. The Dobosz family was part of the Falcons, a traveling children’s football and pep team. The team took to the field for the first time since Wednesday’s accident. Filpi said his faith was what kept him going through this difficult time. Filpi told ABC7: “The idea that God exists. It happens for a reason. That we are all in the same boat. Filpi said the Dobosz family is always willing to help the team by volunteering, coaching, playing or fundraising. He said: “I almost dropped my phone and couldn’t believe it.” “We couldn’t do anything. We had no idea. “In this situation, you don’t know what to do.”
Filpi said that even though his family had moved away, they never missed a practice. He coached two of their kids and called Lauren the “team mom.” “They were there all the time. As a team mom, she was always there for them. It’s dedication and love for a program and the people in it. We felt that about them,” he said. On Wednesday evening, friends of Thomas Dobosz gathered at Chicago’s Oriole Park for an unplanned memorial. It was at the same location that a memorial service for Kat Koziara and the rest of the Dobosz family was held on Monday.
Katriona’s mother, Kasia Koziara, told the Daily Herald that she is planning a funeral and hopes to have a memorial service soon at a Rolling Meadows park. Family and friends called the teenager Kat, and she worked as a student teacher and mentor at the Breaking Program in Prospect Heights. This is a breakdance group that offers dance lessons and workshops. “It’s very kind of you to help us because Katriona was loved and will always be remembered by many people,” her mother said. “She deserves the best farewell I can give her to honor her life and bright future in paradise.”