Hello, my name is Coach Justin with the Waukegan Panthers Youth Baseball team. On Friday, 10/8/21, one of our teammates, Giovanny Rodriguez, was involved in a horrible car accident with his brother, Alejandro, and stepfather, Jose Hernandez. While driving southbound on Green Bay Road in Beach Park, IL, a Jeep travelling northbound illegally crossed into their lane, hitting their car head on. Sadly, Jose passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. Giovanny is currently in critical condition with broken bones and a head injury. Alejandro suffered a severe concussion and other serious injuries. Their mother, Jackie, is heartbroken by this horrific accident and the loss of her beloved husband. Jose was a genuinely good person, always willing to lend a helping hand and have a good time. Both Giovanny and Alejandro 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. Giovanny and Jose were apart of our 2021 Summer league championship season and our current 2021 Fall Ball season. While difficult and with heavy hearts, our kids will compete in the playoffs, which started this Saturday, without our starting catcher and first base coach. Alejandro also played baseball with the Waukegan Savages in his respective age division. The Waukegan Youth Baseball community, and the city as a whole, has come together to support the family and all those affected.
We are hoping to raise money for any expenses and support to help this amazing family get through this tragic time. Please keep them in your prayers!
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