BRADENTON, Fla. — Authorities continue to investigate Thursday's fatal construction accident at the Twin Dolphin Marina in downtown Bradenton. 

  • Construction worker killed in accident in downtown Bradenton
  • Crane collapsed pinning worker underneath it
  • Victim identified as Chadwick Brown, 45

Officials say a construction worker was killed after a crane collapsed and fell on top of him. The victim was identified as Chadwick Brown, 45.

Brown was a construction worker employed by Speeler and Associates Construction. He left behind a wife and children. 

Just after 9:30 a.m., officers at the police department across the street from the marina heard the crash and ran to the scene to help. With the help of about 50 people, they were able to lift the crane off of the man. 

According to Bradenton Police, Brown fell into the water and was quickly pulled out. Although CPR was administered, it was too late.

"Within minutes were joined by dozens of officers who did all they could and as I mentioned the officers, people at Twin Dolphins Marina, everyone, pulled together to do all they could. It was too late at that point," Police Chief Melanie Bevan said.

In a prepared statement, Twin Dolphins Marina owner Hugh Miller said, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of an endeared employee of the general contractor working on the Twin Dolphin Marina construction project. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, co-workers, and friends."



Bradenton police are still investigating a fatal construction accident at the Twin Dolphin Marina in downtown Bradenton. (Sky 9 image)

Many of Brown's neighbors have known him more than 20 years and described him as a hard-working family man, taken too soon.

"He’s a very dedicated husband. He loved his parents ... I mean there’s nothing bad you could say about this guy. I’m telling you he would do anything. Anything," said longtime neighbor Marcine Karcher.

Police are still working to determine the cause of the accident. 

One person was injured during the incident when trying to rescue Brown.

Reporter Saundra Weathers contributed to this story.