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Ocala man dies after jumping from moving truck in Volusia County

Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigating incident

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – An 34-year-old Ocala man is dead after jumping from a moving truck in Volusia County late Saturday evening, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the incident occurred just before midnight on Saturday night, and the body of Bryan Robinson was found on the side of the road in Pierson at about 9:43 a.m. Sunday morning.

Deputies told News 6 that 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 Robinson's tattoo was taking longer because of the intricate design that he had picked out. Not wanting to wait three more hours, the other two told the Robinson that they were leaving and that he could go with them or stay behind to get his tattoo finished.

Robinson 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 man opened the door of the truck and jumped out, according to deputies.

Deputies said 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 VCSO.

Patrol deputies and a sheriff’s office helicopter launched a search for the man, but were unable to find him until Sunday morning. The helicopter crew spotted the man’s body on the grassy shoulder along the north side of West S.R. 40, just east of Bert Royal Road.

The man hasn’t been positively identified, but he was wearing the same color clothing as the missing man who jumped out of the truck.

VSCO is investigating the incident.


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