Father Dies from Injuries Days After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed His Wife and Four Children in Illinois

Lauren and Thomas Dobosz and their four children died from injuries resulting from a head-on collision Sunday on I-90 in McHenry County. The Dobosz family is pictured here at a cheer competition held last December in Tampa, Florida. (Courtesy of GoFundMe)

Already mourning the loss of members of a Rolling Meadows family, people who coached with Thomas Dobosz learned Wednesday he, too, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a wrong-way crash last weekend in McHenry County.

The 32-year-old Rolling Meadows father of four was being treated for serious injuries at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after being flown there by helicopter early Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday at the hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy has not been performed yet.

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

“We come with a heavy heart today with an update on Tom. Tom has gained his angel wings and is now with his amazing wife Lauren and precious children. We ask that you keep this family in your prayers. All proceeds are going to the family,” wrote Lisa Torres of the Oriole Park Falcons, a youth travel football and cheer program that the family was involved in on the Chicago’s Northwest Side.

On their way to vacation at a family cabin in Minnesota, Dobosz was at the wheel of the family’s 2005 Chevrolet van traveling west on Interstate 90 near Hampshire when it was struck by a 2010 Acura TSX sedan traveling in the wrong direction. State troopers responded at 2:11 a.m. Sunday to the scene, where the vehicles 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 family friend.

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SOURCE: Daily Herald, Christopher Placek