Corporal Leo M. Koscelnick
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 7 years 4 months
Cause of Death: Struck by a vehicle
while assisting a disabled motorist.
Date of Incident:
August 15, 1977
Leo M. Koscelnick was born July 6, 1944, at Berwick, Pennsylvania.
He served with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard. He
enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from Berwick on April 19, 1970, and was assigned
to Troop K, Philadelphia. He was 25 years old and 5'11" tall.
On August 15, 1977, Corporal Koscelnick was dispatched to aid a motorist, Mary Fleming of
Wayne, whose car was disabled on the Schuylkill Expressway. Corporal Koscelnick summoned a
tow truck which was operated by James Della. As Corporal Koscelnick and Mr. Della were
standing beside the disabled vehicle on the driver's side, a vehicle traveling westbound
went out of control as the driver, David Sylvester, 21, of Norristown, attempted to pass
another car on the right. Both men were struck and thrown 100 feet. They were pronounced
dead at Montgomery Hospital. Sylvester, who was en route to his grandfather's funeral, was
treated for injuries and released. He was charged with homicide by motor vehicle. Fleming
was not injured.
Corporal Koscelnick was buried with full military honors at St. Mary's Cemetery, Berwick.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Constance Koscelnick, of Bally. She was presented with
the State Police Cross on January 18, 1978.
Corporal Koscelnick, 33, had completed seven
years and four months as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.