Ocala tow truck driver's death ruled accidental; family needs financial assistance

The death of a Silver Springs Shores man who was dragged across a road while trying to fix a pickup truck attached to the tow truck he was driving has been officially ruled an accident, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
A Medical Examiner's Office report obtained by FHP Traffic Homicide Investigator Brett Detweiler states that Brian "B" Marroquin's manner of death was accidental. Marroquin's cause of death was listed as compression asphyxia inclusion.
Marroquin was drug and alcohol free, the report said.
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FHP report
Detweiler, the police officer charged with investigating the May 3 death, said in his report that Marroquin was going under the tow truck to fix the shift linkage when the vehicle rolled forward while Marroquin was on the ground.
Brian "B" Marroquin and Lisa Lyons together
Marroquin was dragged about 28 feet. Marion County Fire Department officials who arrived at the scene parked the tow truck because it was still moving, Detweiler said in his report.
The soldiers tested both the Ford F-350 pickup truck that Marroquin was towing and the tow truck itself for malfunctions. The vehicles were neither damaged nor defective. Marroquin had just repossessed the vehicle when the incident occurred, officials said.
Marroquin's 9-year-old stepson was in the tow truck at the time of the accident.
Marroquin's future wife
Lisa Lyons, Marroquin's wife-to-be, said her son is still grieving for his stepfather.
"He's struggling with death. He still sleeps with me. I don't want to put him under pressure," Lyons said.
The little boy isn't the only one trying to come to terms with Marroquin's untimely death.
"It's hard. My life isn't complete anymore," Lyons said.
Brian "B" Marroquin, Lisa Lyons and family
Lyons said she cooked a Chinese dinner for the family on Thursday for the first time since Marroquin's death. She said the family left Marroquin's chair open at the dining table.
“Every day is a struggle. He is missing. The kids try to cheer me up," she said.
gofundme account
The 38-year-old man lived with Lyons, who together have six children: four boys and two girls, aged 9 to young adults.
She said the two knew each other when they lived in Naples. They moved to Marion County in 2016. The couple initially lived with their mother before moving into their own home in 2021.
Lyons said Marroquin is a sociable person who is always happy, has a smile on his face and works hard. He appreciated her. Marroquin had proposed to Lyon a week before his death.
Marroquin worked for American Finance Adjusters and a gofundme page - Fallen Fellow Towman, organized by Cinthia Flanders - was set up for the family because Marroquin was the provider to Lyons and the children.
Family photo of Lisa Lyons and Brian "B" Marroquin
Lyons said the fund is designed to help her pay bills and other necessities until she can get on her feet.
The goal is to collect $50,000. So far, the site has raised 46 donors with $13,635.
Missing Marroquin
Russell Ansell, owner of American Finance Adjusters, said they talk about Marroquin every day, which he described as the life of the company. He said Marroquin looked down at her with a smile.
"He blessed us with work. If he were here, he would work non-stop," Ansell said.
File photo of a tow truck driver at work at a traffic station
From the gofundme page: "Brian loved towing and he was also a well known DJ in Florida and traveled to do a lot of charity events like Relay for Life."
The site also mentions that Marroquin "always talked about Lisa and the kids, they were his main focus and motivation. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers, he has given so much to the world.”
Lyons said it's not the same without Marroquin and she misses his outgoing personality.
"If he were home, he would sing, dance," she said.
Contact Austin L. Miller at austin.miller@starbanner.com.
This article originally appeared on Ocala Star-Banner: Troopers Rule Tow Truck Driver Accidental Death; family needs help

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