Thomas Dobosz, the lone survivor of the fiery crash in Hampshire, Illinois that killed seven including his wife and four children, has died.
The 32-year-old father and husband was being treated at Loyola University Medical Center for serious injuries following Sunday morning’s crash. According to the Daily Herald, Illinois State Police and the organizer of a GoFundMe for the family confirmed Dobosz’s death.
“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.”
— Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) August 3, 2022
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dobosz was driving a Chevy van westbound on I-90 near Hampshire when an Acura driven by 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandez collided with Dobosz’s head on.
Both vehicles were immediately engulfed in flames.
When officials arrived on the scene, Dobosz’s passengers: 31-year-old Lauren Dobosz, their 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, a family friend, were dead.
Fernandez was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Dobosz was flown to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries.
Lauren Dobosz, a long time cheer coach with the Oriole Park Falcons, was killed along with her 4 children over the weekend in wrong way collision on I-90 near Hampshire. Her husband Tom is hospitalized at Loyola. A 13 y/o family friend in their van also died. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/tpu1DsyVye
— Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) August 1, 2022
On Wednesday at 11:17 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office pronounced him dead.
The Dobosz family was heavily involved in the Oriole Park Falcons, a youth football and cheer program. On Wednesday the team held their first practice since the tragic accident.
“I just basically dropped my phone and I just couldn’t believe it,” Oriole Park football coach Sam Filpi. said. “We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know. You don’t know what to do in that situation.”
“The belief in God. That there is a reason for this. That we all are in this together,” Filpi said.
How is it possible for this family to handle anymore heartbreaking news?
Please join me in praying for all of their family, friends, and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.