CHICAGO (WLS) — The widow of a man killed in an accident in a southern suburb said a picture best captures his personality and true self.
Katelynn Raddatz Kulak said her husband Zack Kulak loved being a father. The couple had four children who lost their father in a horrific accident in Markham on Friday night.
“He always played with them. He took her everywhere. When he came home, they would run up to him and hug him. He was one of a kind,” Katelynn said.
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Katelynn stood by her with her mother for support as she recalled that she and Zach had known each other for more than half of their lives. They met when they were 15 at Tinley Park High School and were together throughout high school.
After college they married and started a family. They had four children aged 1 to 7 years. It was a fairytale romance in which her life went according to plan. Katelynn is a school teacher and Zach just finished his education and worked as an engineer at the Daley Center downtown.
But the fairy tale came to an abrupt end around 8:30 p.m. Friday night when another vehicle pulled into the lane Zack was driving and crashed broadside into his vehicle. Zack and the driver of the other vehicle, 20-year-old Carlos Mendoza, were both killed. It’s a reality Zack’s widow is still processing.
“It comes and goes. My daughter was being silly yesterday and I texted him and I realized he wasn’t going to get it,” Katelynn said.
She said they have big plans to celebrate her birthday this weekend. Police are investigating but said it was unclear what caused the other vehicle to swerve into the lane Zack was driving. A passenger in that vehicle was also seriously injured.
“There were just a lot of things that were meant to happen that aren’t going to happen now,” Katelynn said.
Zach was on his way to work at the Daley Center. He worked nights, which he felt was good for his family life. His family is now preparing the funeral.
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https://abc7chicago.com/markham-il-car-crash-i-294-zack-kulak/12289462/ “One of a kind”: Zack Kulak, father of 4 who worked at the Daley Center, was killed in a car accident in Markham, Illinois near the I-294 overpass