On August 12, 2013, Eileen Kosc and her two sons, Brandon (12) and Bryan (7) were heading home from a vacation at the beach in Ocean City, MD. They were almost home when, in Smyrna, DE, they experienced a traffic back-up where the cars were at a complete stop. The Koscs’ car, while almost fully stopped, was hit by an inattentive box truck driver going approximately 65 mph at 10:00 p.m. Part of the truck came through the back window, striking Bryan in the head and causing him to experience severe head trauma. The truck continued on and hit four other vehicles before finally coming to a stop.
Eileen and Brandon were both taken to the hospital with injuries, but Bryan did not survive. If that box truck had been equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, Bryan would likely still be here today.
Eileen says that “Bryan, even though so young, was wise beyond his years. He was a kind soul who befriended his shy classmates in school and lit up a room with his smiles and humor. He loved to sing and dance, and that is something I forever hold dear in my heart and miss while driving in my car.”