JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One week after 30-year-old Bobby Creech died when he was struck and killed by a wrong-way driver, his two brothers remembered him as a goofy guy and a prankster, but someone who was very serious when it came to his wife and kids.
Creech was driving home April 4 after working late at the family's body shop when his Toyota Echo was hit head-on on North Main Street, near Busch Drive. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man driving the Ford F-150 that struck Creech was going south in the northbound lane.
Creech's brother, Brian Nelson, got a call from their mother, who was hysterical. He couldn't understand what she was saying.
"He was born on my birthday, you know, so every year is going to suck the rest of my life," Nelson said.
Nelson and his siblings are worried about Creech's wife, Jessica, and his 6- and 9-year-old children. He said Creech was a very hands-on father.
"The kids were fortunate to have my brother because, when they grow up, they will remember doing this with him and doing that with him," Nelson said.
Creech's brothers are doing what they know he'd do for them: watching over his family.
"Just trying to provide for the family. Honestly, that is the whole reason why he was out at two in the morning," said Brandon Creech.
Troopers said the driver who struck Creech, Joshua Mintz, had been drinking and was driving on the wrong side of the divided road. Mintz only suffered minor injuries.
"These are 100 percent preventable," FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan said. "This didn't have to happen at all."
"The kids will have more support than they will want because we will be always calling them," Brandon Creech said. "And they will probably be sick of us before it is all said and done."
The brothers are raising money for the family's expenses, hoping to set up a trust fund so his children can use the money for college or whatever they need when they get older. The donations have been pouring in. If you want to help, visit their GoFundMe page.