Family and friends remember Rolling Meadows mother and 4 children killed in head-on crash

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – At the park where Lauren Dobosz spent countless hours watching her children cheer and play soccer, members of the Oriole Park Falcons reunited Monday evening, with his brother, to remember them.

“Lauren and Tom were never idle,” said Tyler Johns, Dobosz’s younger brother. “They took care of everyone else’s children, even there, before themselves.”

Luis Hernandez coached Dobosz’s youngest son, Nicky.

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“These kids always had the brightest smile on their face,” Hernandez said. “How is it possible for them all to be here on Friday and then leave?”

Hernandez says Nicky and her siblings, Lucas, Ella and Emma, ​​were heading to northern Minnesota for a vacation with their parents, along with Emma’s 13-year-old friend.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on I-90 near mile marker 33, about 50 miles from Chicago.

Illinois State Police say Thomas Dobosz, 32, and his 31-year-old wife, Lauren, both of Rolling Meadows, were driving westbound on I-90 near Hampshire in a Chevrolet pickup truck full size carrying five children.

According to ISP, Jennifer Fernandez, 22, was driving in the wrong direction on the freeway “for unknown reasons” and collided head-on with the van. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames.

Lauren Dobosz and the 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 of the Oriole Park Falcons has shared an update on her condition.

“Tom, at the moment, is not doing very well. Please keep him in your prayers,” Swank said. , he will need everyone’s love and support. I’m sure it will be the hardest thing he has ever had to deal with.

Dobosz works as a carpenter and his wife was a bartender at Lulu’s Gaming in Rolling Meadows.

Lauren’s boss, Kenny Felten, spoke about Lauren’s passing.

“It was his number one love… his children and his family,” he said. “It’s so sad that it ended this way. I can’t believe it. We are still in shock here.

The family’s neighbor David Moreno spoke to WGN News on Sunday after hearing the news.

“The kids were very nice,” Moreno said. “They were always talkative. We always met them at the supermarket.

Knowing the family for 10 years, Moreno says the loss hits the whole neighborhood.

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“It’s going to have a big impact,” Moreno said. “Especially the neighbors because we all get along very well. We all talk and communicate. It will certainly be difficult. The kids were still playing in the front yard and saying hello.

Hernandez said the tragedy remains painful and difficult to understand.

“It’s tough,” he said. “How do you explain to your 7-year-old that his teammate is not coming back?”

Swank added: “Please everyone hold your kids tighter tonight. Life is short and you never know what’s going to happen.

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