Wrong-Way Crash Claims Lives of Illinois Parents; GoFundMe Initiative Supports Surviving Children


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CHICAGO, IL – A devastating wrong-way crash on Interstate 55 in Illinois has left a community reeling from the loss of a beloved couple and rallying together to support their four surviving children. Ron and Kelly Dube, residents of Emington, lost their lives when their vehicle was struck head-on by an allegedly impaired driver on June 27, 2023.

News of the heart-wrenching accident spread quickly, prompting an outpouring of compassion and generosity. Sarah Cox, a family friend, took the initiative to start a GoFundMe campaign to assist with the significant financial burdens the tragedy has brought upon the family. The fundraising effort, launched earlier today, has already garnered remarkable support, raising nearly $10,000 in just a few hours. 

Donations will be used to cover funeral expenses for Ron and Kelly, as well as provide additional medical treatment for their children, who are currently receiving care at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for injuries sustained in the crash. The campaign also aims to support the family with any ongoing living expenses they may face during this difficult time.

Will County Coroner Laurie Summers confirmed the deaths of Ron and Kelly Dube, emphasizing the need for thorough investigations into the incident. Autopsies have been performed, but final reports regarding the exact cause and manner of death are pending.

The tragic collision, which occurred late Tuesday evening near the Coal City Exit, involved multiple vehicles, including two semi-trucks. While two lives were lost on impact, four others were hospitalized, with one individual in critical condition. The Illinois State Police have taken charge of the investigation to determine the sequence of events that led to this heartbreaking outcome.

As the community grapples with grief, their unwavering support for the surviving children serves as a testament to their resilience. The GoFundMe campaign, spearheaded by Sarah Cox, has become a beacon of hope in the face of tragedy, reminding us of the power of unity and compassion.


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