Hampshire car crash: Wrong-way I-90 crash in McHenry County kills 7, including 5 children, Illinois State Police say

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (WLS) — Questions remain after a Rolling Meadows mother and five children were killed in a fire accident on I-90 in McHenry County on Sunday.

This sole survivor of the crash, Thomas Dobosz, 32, remains hospitalized here at Loyola University Medical Center.

A neighbor told ABC7 he lost his wife and all of his children in the crash.

Investigators said just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Dobosz was driving westbound on I-90 near Hampshire in a blue Chevy pickup truck when the driver of a gray Acura, identified as Jennifer Fernandes, 22, of Carpentersville , was driving in the opposite direction and collided head-on with Dobosz’s vehicle. Both cars were completely engulfed in flames.

Soldiers said they found Fernandes dead at the scene along with all of the Dobosz passengers, identified as Lauren Dobosz, 31, and five children: two 13-year-old girls, 7- and 6-year-old boys and a 5-year-old girl. ‘a year.

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Neighbors at Rolling Meadows said four of them were the couple’s children.

“When you find out these are people you’ve known for many years, it hits a little harder,” said David Moreno, a neighbor of the Dobosz family. “Losing your family in a split second like that won’t be easy for anyone.”

Moreno said four of the children were the couple’s children.

“I understand one of the older girls had a friend with them,” he said. “I know it’s going to be devastating to the community just to know that was someone people knew.”

State police are still trying to figure out why Hernandes was going the wrong way. Authorities have yet to release the identities of the five children.

The fatal accident also caused another collision.

When a tractor-trailer pulled over to let a medical helicopter land, a second tractor-trailer failed to stop in time and finished it off the back, officials said.

The trailer of one of them was ripped open and the boxes inside scattered on the road.

One person was slightly injured in the second accident.

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