Taylor Bowden, Grandson of FSU Coach Bobby Bowden, Dies in Car Crash

December 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, known as “T.J. Bowden–the grandson of ex-Florida State Univeristy football coach Bobby Bowden–died in a car crash that killed another person, it was reported.

Bowden, 23, was discovered inside an upside-down car that was submerged in the water near Country Club Road South in Winter Haven, Fla.. The car broke through a wood fence after it hit an embankment, WTSP reported.

Rafael Fernandes de Auguiar-Valini, 25, was the driver of the vehicle, reported The Ledger.

Bowden was the deceased front-seat passenger.

Officials said that only one vehicle was involved in the crash.

The crash took place at around 2 a.m. on Thursday after three men were drinking at the Indigo Bar on U.S. 17. The crash occurred as they were going to a friend’s house, reported TampaBay.com.

After about four hours of trying to remove the bodies from the car, divers said they found signs of life. Drivers then pulled Robert Lewis Edwards, 22, out of the crash. He was being treated for hypothermia and other injuries on Thursday evening.

Deputies said that Edwards was only partly lucid as of Thursday night.

“One person had a very fortunate Christmas,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Thursday, adding that “the other two, not so much.

Other details of the accident are still being investigated.

However, the sheriff’s office says that alcohol appears to be a factor, reported The Associated Press.

Tallahassee.com reported that Taylor Bowden was visiting his mother, Luann Corby in Winter Haven.

Bowden is the son of former FSU assistant coach Jeff Bowden, who is a coach in Akron.

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