Family Of Lockport Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Raise Funds To Bring Body Back Home

Steve Miller
November 14, 2019 - 6:00 am

(Robert Pappalardo)

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LOCKPORT, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The family of a 28-year-old Lockport native who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Florida is raising money to bring his body back home to be laid to rest.

On Nov. 12, Jacob Weinert was biking to his job as a forklift operator near Tampa when he was hit and killed by a pickup truck. Florida authorities said the pickup driver fled the scene, but turned himself in the next day after he bought spray paint to cover up the damage on his truck.

Weinert's brother Rob Pappalardo, from Oak Park, said Weinert was in Florida to make some money so he could move his fiancee and two children to join him.

"He was doing everything that you would expect a young man to do in that same type of situation," Pappalardo said. "He was really busting his tail, getting up early and going to work. He felt it would be three weeks to a month before he had the money together to fulfill their dream."

Pappalardo started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to bring his brother's body back home and to help his family. 

"The goal is to bring him back, give him a proper funeral — and just put him to rest," he said.

So far, the GoFundMe has raised almost $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.

Weinert leaves behind his fiance Izabel, their son Jasper and daughter Sapphire, who is only two weeks old.