An Egg Harbor Township driver charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident after allegedly hitting a 16-year-old early Monday morning was released on $50,000 bail Wednesday, an official at the Atlantic County Jail said.
William Michael Simkins, 31, is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 on charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report a motor vehicle accident in connection with the 2 a.m. incident, in which prosecutors allege Simkins hit Jacob Broschard, who was riding his bicycle with two friends near Royal Avenue in the Scullville section of the township, and fled without stopping.
As more than a dozen cars pulled in and out of the Broschard home on Old Zion Road on Wednesday afternoon, the family’s neighbors remembered Jacob as a kid “like any other kid,” nextdoor neighbor Beth Epstein said.
“He loved riding his bike, his dirt bike and skateboard,” Epstein said. “It’s a very tragic and sad event. The whole thing is just horrible. ... It’s heart-wrenching. They’re very nice people, and everybody I’ve talked to here is just praying for their family.”
Epstein’s son, 19-year-old Keith Epstein, said he was “really good friends with him back in the day. He loved to have fun, loved to ride his dirt bike, loved beating me in Halo. Other than that, he was really one of those extreme persons, into extreme sports.”
Pete Falotico, whose daughter knows Jacob’s younger sister, said that Jacob was “a great kid, a great guy. I didn’t know anything negative about him.”
A family member said the teen’s parents, Mimi and Leroy Broschard, did not want to comment.
Graveside services for Broschard are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zion Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, just down the street from his home. A viewing is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home in Somers Point.
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