Most of us do this every single day—get in the car, check the mirrors and look behind you before putting the car in reverse. Blind spots, though, can turn this simple act into a tragedy. According to KidsAndCars.org, back-over accidents are injuring thousands of children every year and account for 50 percent of all nontraffic deaths for kids 15 and younger. Many times, the injury is inadvertently caused by loved one.
On December 23, 2004, Roz and her family—including her son, Smith, his wife, Julie, and their 4-year-old son, Jackson—were at a family Christmas party when Roz asked the kids if they wanted to go sing Christmas carols.
Roz drove Jackson and his two sisters to meet the other grandchildren—and then the unthinkable happened. As Roz backed up, Jackson darted behind her SUV and was hit. "When we drove up on the scene, I remember there being lights and I could hear Roz in the background crying and screaming," Julie says.
"Everyone was around Jackson, and my brother and I began giving him mouth-to-mouth. He was just still," Smith says. Jackson was rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. "We were in a room, and the doctor came and told us that he had passed," Smith says.