March 6, 2018
On August 11, 2016, an unknown driver barreled through the intersection of Nottingham Lane and Bonita Drive in Bonita Springs just before 8:30 a.m., and struck a 71 year old man riding his tricycle. The driver never stopped to render aid or even call 9-1-1, but instead chose to drive off. As a result of the crash, Lynn Brown lost his life that morning.
Now, the estate of Lynn Brown is offering an additional $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of a man who was deeply cared for in the Bonita Springs community. This additional reward now brings the total to $2,000, which includes the $1,000 being offered by Crime Stoppers.
The hit and run death of Lynn Brown struck the Bonita community hard. Despite a physical disability, Brown lived a simple but fulfilled life. For years, he rode a bicycle from his modest trailer to Sneaky Pete’s restaurant in Bonita and sang karaoke with friends who became his adopted family. Brown never married and had no living relatives. Shortly before his death, friends of Brown’s raised money to buy him a new tricycle to commute on – which was the same tricycle that he was riding the morning he was struck and killed. Those same friends reached deep into the community to try to find out information on the person who killed Brown – to no avail.
After Brown’s passing, it was discovered that this Ohio native had set aside a portion of his monthly Social Security benefits to purchase a list of insurance policies, all to benefit charities that could help others, including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Unicef and many others. Brown’s extraordinary legacy will now help countless individuals in their times of need. All of the charities named in Brown’s estate felt it was important to use some of those funds to help find the person who killed Brown, and to finally see justice served in this unsolved hit and run death.
Anyone with information on the person responsible for killing Lynn Brown in August 2016 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 from Crime Stoppers and $1,000 from Lynn Brown’s estate. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app. Note: A photo of Lynn Brown is attached to this release.