'Best son you could ask for'

Adam Robinson, of Evergreen, inspired his family

By Maura Vizza

An Evergreen Park man who was passionate about music and computers died last week from injuries he sustained in a go-kart accident in Indianapolis.

Adam Robinson was pronounced dead at 8:06 p.m. Feb. 7 at Fastimes Indoor Karting, according to the Indianapolis Police Department. Adam suffered a cervical fracture, or broken neck, in the motorized go-kart accident, said a Marion County coroner's office spokeswoman. He was 23.

Adam was in Indianapolis training with AT&T, said his father, A.J. Robinson. He was driving on the track, which boasts of open-wheel racing on a bi-level racetrack that stretches 900 feet with banked corners, and allows karts to drive in excess of 40 mph, according to Fastimes website. Adam was approaching a corner, but the kart continued moving straight before colliding into a wall and guardrail and becoming airborne, police said. As the kart descended, Adam's neck reportedly hit the guardrail.

Police are investigating whether equipment was to blame for the accident or if Adam had alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the crash, said Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell. Adam was wearing a seatbelt and helmet, Duhamell said.

"It's so hard to believe he's gone, he was like the heart of the family, being the middle child," A.J. said. "He always had something positive to say, always believed everyone had a chance to make it. That's what he told his younger brother and sister. I even got inspired."

Adam, the third of five children, was working for AT&T while studying computers at DePaul University, his father said. He graduated from Evergreen Park High School in 2003 and received an associate's degree in applied computer science from Moraine Valley Community College in 2007.

When both of Adam's parents were unable to work for various reasons, he got the job at AT&T to help support the family, A.J. said.

"He was so proud he could help out. He said he'd take care of everything," he added.

The Robinson family thought they were going to lose Adam in 2002 when he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, A.J. said. The disease causes an inflammation of the lymph nodes and attacked Adam's liver. He was out of school for a year and was homeschooled, but wanted to go back and pursue his love of computers, his father recalled.

Adam loved computers and would build his own machines from scratch, A.J. said. He would bring home boxes of computer parts and assemble it in a day or two, his father continued. He also wired the Robinson house for computer usage.

Adam's second love was music. A.J. said he and his son would jam on their saxophones together, and even recorded songs in the basement studio Adam built. The duo performed R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" together at Adam's eighth-grade graduation, A.J. remembered.

Spending time with the family was very important to Adam, said his father. If his mother asked him to go somewhere with her, he would. Adam even tolerated being called Baby Adam by his father, A.J. said.

"Him and I hung out a lot on the weekend when everyone else was busy. We'd go to Border's, the computer store. Even local store owner's knew us, thought we were brothers," A.J. said. "He was the best son you could ask for. He was humble and even at 23 he had that little kid in him. He was like my best friend."

Adam Robinson is survived by his father, A.J.; his mother, Bernadine; his sister, Jazmine; and his brothers, Jamel, Allen Coleman and Anthony Daniel.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 Cottage Grove Ave. in Chicago