VCSO: Ocala man killed in Pierson after jumping from moving vehicle

Bryan Robinson, 34, of Ocala, FL, killed in Pierson jumping out of a moving vehicle / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer / Bryan Robinson took a selfie with two two fishing buddies Saturday, just hours before he apparently jumped out of the vehicle in which he was a passenger in Pierson while heading back to Ocala. He was 34 years old.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headliner Surfer

PIERSON, Fla. -- A trip to Volusia County by three co-workers ended in tragedy for a 34-year-old Ocala man after he became angry and jumped out of their moving pick-up truck and died, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said.

 The incident occurred just before midnight on Saturday night, and an extensive search ended with the discovery of the man’s body on the side of the road on State Road 40 in Pierson at 9:43 a.m. Sunday morning. The victim has been identified as Bryan Robinson.

Robinson took a selfie with his cell phone showing him with two fishing buddies just before noon Sunday and posted it on Facebook, saying, "Rain can't stop us."

A relative, Kathy Robinson, responded, "You guys are nuts."

Little did she know how prophetic those words would become hours later.

Others who learned of Bryan Robinson's death were understandably shocked.

"I don't even know what to say or where to begin, said Corie Megan Cook of Dunnellon on the victim's Facebook page. "You were (an) amazing person and friend. You will be (missed) by so many as (you) have truly touched so many hearts."

Here is a synopsis as to what led to Robinson's death as described by Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson to Headline Surfer: "Three men who work together in Marion County drove to Volusia County to fish and get a group tattoo. According to the other two men, while their tattoos were finished, the victim’s tattoo was taking longer because of the intricate design that he had picked out. Not wanting to wait the additional three hours, the other two told the victim that they were leaving and that he could go with them or stay behind to get his tattoo finished." 

Davidson continued: "The victim was upset as he left with his friends, reportedly becoming increasingly angry during the drive back to Marion County. At some point while passing through Pierson, the victim opened the door of the truck and jumped out. The driver, who estimated that he was decelerating from about 40 mph at the time, pulled over and the two began searching for the victim. After about a half-hour of unsuccessful searching, they called the Sheriff’s Office."

VCSO spokesman Gary Davidson / Headline SurferHere is a synopsis as to what led to the death of 34-year-old Bryan Robinson of Ocala in Pierson as described by Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson, shown here, to Headline Surfer:

"Three men who work together in Marion County drove to Volusia County to fish and get a group tattoo. According to the other two men, while their tattoos were finished, the victim’s tattoo was taking longer because of the intricate design that he had picked out. Not wanting to wait the additional three hours, the other two told the victim that they were leaving and that he could go with them or stay behind to get his tattoo finished." 

Davidson continued: "The victim was upset as he left with his friends, reportedly becoming increasingly angry during the drive back to Marion County. At some point while passing through Pierson, the victim opened the door of the truck and jumped out. The driver, who estimated that he was decelerating from about 40 mph at the time, pulled over and the two began searching for the victim. After about a half-hour of unsuccessful searching, they called the Sheriff’s Office."

Patrol deputies and a Sheriff’s Office helicopter immediately launched a search for the man, but were unable to find him until Sunday morning. 

That’s when a Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew doing a flyover spotted the Robinson's body on the grassy shoulder along the north side of West S.R. 40, just east of Bert Royal Road, the Sheriff's spokesman said.

Bio of 34-year-old deceadent Bryan Robinson as described in his Facebook profile:
• Single with no kids;
• Survived by his father, Edward Robinson of Ocala, a sister, an uncle and two cousins; 
• Worked for Barrier Free Limitsin Ocala, which helps people with mobility.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.