Timothy Brobeck, a Fort Lauerdale resident who worked in the landscaping and construction fields, was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunday afternoon. Police have arrested Jonathan Ellis in relation to the crime. Ellis, who goes by the name Jonny Veo, lists himself as working at Stache 1920's Drinking Den on his Facebook page.
According to the police report, Timothy Brobeck was riding his bicycle southbound on SW Fourth Ave. around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, when Jonathan Ellis "struck the rear of victim Brobeck's bicycle thus causing victim Brobeck to be thrown from the bicycle. Victim Brobeck was transported to Broward General Hospital with life threatening injuries. Defendant Ellis continued southbound on SW Fourth Ave., fleeing the scene."
Brobeck died at Broward General Hospital.
Police were able to find Ellis after a witness to the event followed Ellis about two miles and observed Ellis park the vehicle, get out and walk through a park, located at SW 24th St. The vehicle was towed and on Wednesday, September 10, Ellis contact the police to inquire about his towed vehicle, saying that it had broken down and he left it. He then met with police and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Timothy Brobeck's mother, Joyce Brobeck, said that her son, who had an estranged wife and a 16-year-old daughter, was a "larger than life character. He had a million friends. He never held a grudge. Everyone that he touched loved him."
Brobeck said that her son, Timothy, helped neighbors with their groceries and frequently gave money to local homeless people. When asked about the accident, she said she's also sorry for Ellis, the man accused in the hit and run. "It was a horrible accident, but he didn't have to run away."
An earlier the Sun-Sentinel story incorrectly reported that Brobeck worked at Stache and had attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, but Brobeck was actually in the construction and landscaping fields.
A celebration of Timothy Brobeck's life is being planned for September 21 at Snyder Park, Joyce Brobeck confirmed. Although the time is not yet set, Ms. Brobeck said it would probably be in the afternoon.
Correction: A prior version of this story referenced a Sun-Sentinel article that was incorrect. We have amended the story to reflect changes that we have confirmed with Timothy Brobeck's mother, Joyce Brobeck.