By Anthony Alaniz
A vehicle traveling near Winter Haven, Fla. crossed the oncoming lane, crashed through a fence, went down an embankment, and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch. A driver traveling along the highway spotted the car accident around 7:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report.
Two men, Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, who was driving the vehicle, were both killed in the accident. The third man, Robert Lewis Edwards, 22, was rescued from the neck-deep water.
Bowden is the grandson of former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.
“Our whole family had just celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, as well as celebrated T.J.’s graduation from Florida State just three weeks ago,” Bobby Bowden said. “We will cherish those last memories together with T.J. forever.”
This is the second grandson Bobby Bowden has lost in an auto accident. Bowden Madden and John Allen Madden were killed in 2004 when the car they were in collided with a utility truck.
According to the sheriff’s office, it appears alcohol might have been a contributing factor. There were few other details so far from the investigation. The car accident remains under investigation by local officials.
Source: The Los Angeles Times
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