Rolling Meadows community comes together to raise funds for mom, 5 kids killed in crash

There is an outpouring of support for a Rolling Meadows family killed in a head-on crash on I-90 near Hampshire Sunday morning.

Over the weekend, their van collided with a car and burst into flames. The mom and five children inside were all killed.

A mother and her four kids were killed in the crash along with another child, and the wrong-way driver was also found dead at the scene.

It happened at 2 a.m. Sunday on I-90 in McHenry County when Illinois State police say another driver, 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandes, was heading the wrong way and slammed into the family's minivan.

The investigation is still ongoing as to why she was heading the wrong way.


Those killed include 31-year-old Lauren Dobosz and her four kids — a 13-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A 13-year-old family friend was also killed.

Their father, 32-year-old Tom Dobosz, survived the crash and remains hospitalized.

Neighbors say the family will be missed.

Both parents heavily involved in their kids athletic lives with football and cheer within the Oriole Park Falcons organization.

The city of Rolling Meadows is creating a Hope Fund for the families involved.

"The Hope Fund was recently established by the city council, and it's an opportunity that enables residents of the community if they're interested to assist victims of disasters, domestic violence, child abuse or other significant tragedies or hardships that necessitate the need for financial assistance. So the city of Rolling Meadows is creating a specific page for this issue and it can be found on the city's homepage," said Rolling Meadows Mayor Joe Gallo.

The Hope Fund can be found HERE.

"It's my intent that the residents or others in neighboring communities find it within themselves to contribute and assist at this time of hardship," said Gallo.

The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has announced they will be offering counseling sessions Tuesday through Thursday at Central Road School in Rolling Meadows.