Hampshire, IL – Mother, Five Children Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on I-90 at Anthony Rd
Hampshire, IL (July 31, 2022) – Five children were among the seven total persons killed early Sunday morning, July 31, in a violent head-on collision on I-90 at mile marker 33 in Hampshire, according to the Illinois State Police.
At 2:10 a.m., a car traveling in the wrong direction on westbound I-90 at Anthony Road collided head-on with another vehicle, according to state police. Both automobiles were completely consumed by fire.
State police said that seven individuals were killed, including a woman and five children in the van and another woman in the other vehicle.
ISP said that 22-year-old Jennifer Fernandes of Carpentersville was going eastbound in the westbound lanes when she collided head-on with a vehicle carrying seven people. Officials said that Fernandes was declared deceased at the site of the wreck.
The vehicle that was hit was driven by 32-year-old Thomas Dobosz of Rolling Meadows. He was reportedly evacuated to Loyola University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. ISP added that Lauren Dobosz, 31, and five children were all killed in the collision. According to authorities, the children comprised two 13-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, and a 5-year-old girl.
Another collision was also triggered by the tragic wrong-way crash. When a semi-truck stopped to allow a medical helicopter to land, a second semi-truck allegedly failed to stop in time and rear-ended it. One of the trailers was split open, and the cargo inside was strewn over the highway. The second collision caused minor injuries to one individual.
The collision briefly closed both sides of the expressway in McHenry County overnight. The westbound lanes at mile marker 33 were blocked for several hours, reopening at about 11:30 a.m., but an investigation remains active.
Our sincere sympathies are extended to the families of the deceased victims. The wounded victim and his family are in our thoughts in the hopes of his complete recovery.
Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes in Chicagoland
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, between 2010 and 2018, 2,921 fatal wrong-way crashes resulted in 3,885 deaths. This equates to an annual average of 430 fatalities. In addition, more than half of these deaths were caused by drivers who were driving the wrong way on the road (53%), a small number were the passengers of these drivers (6%), and around four in ten (41%) were occupants of other cars.
However, when victims sustain injuries due to the reckless actions of others, they and their family members are the ones who ultimately pay for the tragedy, regardless of what caused it. When faced with terrible psychological stress and costly medical expenses, those who have been touched by these momentous events may feel as though they have nowhere else to turn.
If you have been injured in one of these situations, or even if you have lost a loved one as a consequence of one of these accidents, you may have access to a number of legal remedies. You should thus contact a Chicago automobile accident attorney as soon as possible (after receiving proper medical care).
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