ROLLING MEADOWS, Illustration – At the park, where Lauren Dobosz spent countless hours watching her children cheer and play soccer, members of Oriole Park Falcon gathered on Monday night, along with her brother, to remember them.
“Lauren and Tom are never not busy,” says Tyler Johns, Dobosz’s younger brother. “They took care of other people’s children, even before their own.”
Luis Hernandez coaches Dobosz’s youngest son Nicky.
“These kids always have the biggest smile on their face,” Hernandez said. “How is it possible for them all to be here on Friday and then disappear?”
Hernandez said Nicky and his siblings, Lucas, Ella and Emma, had traveled north to Minnesota to vacation with their parents, along with Emma’s 13-year-old friend.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on I-90 near the mile 33 marker, about 50 miles from Chicago.
Illinois State Police said Thomas Dobosz, 32, and his wife, 31, Lauren, both from Rolling Meadows, were driving west on I-90 near Hampshire in a full-size Chevrolet van carrying their five children. .
According to the ISP, 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez drove in the wrong direction on the highway for “unknown reasons” and collided head-on with the truck. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames.
Lauren Dobosz and five children were killed.
Fernandez also died, police said.
Thomas Dobosz, 32, was the sole survivor and was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center.
Sharon Swank with Oriole Park Falcons shared an update on his condition.
“Tom, right now, is not doing well. Please keep him in your prayers,” Swank said. “I don’t know if he can do it. Hopefully, he will. If he does, he will need everyone’s love and support. I’m sure this will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to deal with.”
Dobosz works as a carpenter and his wife is a bartender at Lulu’s Gaming in Rolling Meadows.
Lauren’s boss, Kenny Felten, spoke about Lauren’s departure.
“It was her number one love… her kids and her family,” he said. “It’s sad that it ended this way. I can not believe it. We are still in shock here.”
The family’s neighbor, David Moreno, spoke to WGN News Sunday when he heard the news.
“The kids are very friendly,” Moreno said. “They always talk a lot. We will always meet them at the supermarket. ”
Having known the family for 10 years, Moreno says the loss is affecting the entire neighborhood.
Anyone interested in donating to the family’s GoFundMe can do so by multiply here.
“It’s going to affect it a lot,” Moreno said. “Especially the neighbors just because we get along so well. We all talk and communicate. It will definitely be difficult. The kids always play in the front yard and wave “hello.”
Hernandez said the tragedy is still painful and confusing.
“It was difficult,” he said. “How do you explain to your 7-year-old that his teammates won’t be back?”
Swank added: “Please, everyone, hug your children tighter tonight. Life is short and you never know what will happen.”