A fundraising program has been launched after a family lost their father to a car crash. His two stepsons were critically injured in the same accident in Beach Park Friday evening.
Justin Moland, the coach of the Waukegan Panthers youth baseball team, said in a GoFundMe fundraiser that his players, Giovanny Rodriguez, his brother Alejandro and their stepfather, Jose Hernandez, were involved in the fatal car accident, reported ABC 7 Chicago.
Both Giovanny and Hernandez were a part of the team’s summer league championship season, Moland said. Alejandro played for Waukegan Savages age division team.
Leilanis teammate got into a horrible accident! Thankfully he made it through along with his brother. Unfortunately his stepfather passed away! Jose was such a great person! So sweet and kind! Anything you can donate would help a lot! Or even sharing this https://t.co/J3mch3Qq4X
— Juice (@nailedbyjuice) October 10, 2021
The car crash happened around 6:45 p.m. Friday on Green Bay Road north of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Beach Park Fire Department were quick to react to the incident and found a crash involving four vehicles.
As per the preliminary investigation report, a 2017 Jeep Patriot, driven by a 50-year-old woman, tried to pass a truck, and then it hit a tractor and the jeep drove northbound in the lanes of Green Bay Road.
The jeep then crashed into a southbound 2014 Kia Soul, driven by Hernandez, 49, reported Lake & Mchenry County Scanner.
Hernandez was rushed to Vista Medical Center East in an ambulance in Waukegan where the medical examiner announced him dead.
Giovanny, Alejandro Critical
Giovanny and Alejandro suffered critical injuries, and are currently under observation. Moland said that Giovanny is currently in critical condition. He has broken bones and a head injury. Alejandro, on the other hand, suffered a severe concussion and other serious injuries.
The mother, Jackie, is devastated after the accident and loss of her husband, according to Moland.
He called Hernandez a “genuinely good person” who was always “willing to lend a helping hand and have a good time.”
Talking about Giovanny and Alejandro, he said that they are kind-hearted young men who light up a room with their smiles and attitude.
“The Waukegan Panthers team has been deeply affected by this tragedy,” Moland added.
The illegally passing Jeep also crashed into a Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound directly behind Hernandez’s Kia. The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old woman, and a passenger, a 24-year-old man, were taken to Vista Medical Center East with minor injuries, police said.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit.