September 8, 2016 **UPDATE #1**
Over the last week, several anonymous tips have been received on the fatal hit and run crash of Bonita Springs resident Lynn Brown. One of those tips has been deemed as highly credible, and could help provide closure in this case. Detectives believe this one particular tipster may likely have witnessed the crash and may potentially have more information than they initially provided. For that reason, Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who called in a tip regarding the Lynn Brown hit and run last Saturday morning to contact Crime Stoppers again, in hopes of being able to provide more information and bring the person responsible for Brown’s death to justice.The Crime Stoppers hotline is open 24/7 at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.
September 2, 2016 Driver sought in fatal hit and run
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down the driver responsible for taking the life of a 71 year old man who was beloved in the Bonita Springs community.
On August 11th, just after 8 a.m., a driver noticed a white male lying on his back in the grass near the intersection of Nottingham Lane and Bonita Drive. He immediately pulled over to render help, and found the elderly man bleeding from the nose and ears, with numerous abrasions. Fortunately, he still had a pulse, but was breathing lightly. A three wheeled bicycle, which the victim had been riding, was left mangled on the road. When medics arrived on scene, they transported the unknown victim to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert, where he later succumbed to his injuries. An investigation quickly found that the victim was 71 year old Lynn Brown, a long-time and well known resident of Bonita Springs.After learning of his death, friends of Brown distributed posters and flyers throughout the area, in hopes of getting information on the person responsible for crashing into Brown, and then leaving him for dead alongside the road. To date, the driver is still at large, however Crime Stoppers is hopeful that someone who was driving in that vicinity the morning of August 11th will remember either seeing the accident or anything unusual or suspicious around that time frame. Investigators believe the car that struck Brown was white in color.
“Lynn Brown was a special man who held a spot in the hearts of many residents in Bonita,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Lynn had no family, but led a very active independent life, despite being born with a birth defect. He was known as the ‘King of Karaoke’ in Bonita and would ride his bicycle to sing every Monday and Tuesday night. When he didn’t have a microphone in his hand, he would regularly play rounds of miniature golf. His upbeat personality left an imprint of the lives of many, and both his friends and law enforcement are determined to find out who killed Lynn, and ensure that the person responsible is brought to justice.”
Anyone with information on the hit and run death of Lynn Brown on August 11 is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.
Note: Four photographs of Lynn Brown, including one where friends donated a new bicycle to him, are attached to this release.