BRADENTON — A family tragedy inspired a Bradenton resident to invent a product he hopes will save lives.
Jack Roe pursued a patent for transitional glass tinting for vehicle windshields after his 34-year-old daughter died in a automobile accident in 2006.
The 72-year-old Trailer Estates resident said his daughter Dawn Roe died in a car accident in Plymouth, Ind., when her vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-truck.
Because of the morning sun's glare, Roe said she did not see the semi stopped in her lane to make a turn, and the mother of four died at the scene.
"Every day I think about her," Roe said. "Time may heal some things but time will never heal the death of a child."
Roe couldn't help but think a windshield that automatically adjusts based on changing light conditions could have prevented his daughter's accident.
"It came to my mind almost the same day," said Roe, who is a retired automobile sales manager.
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