Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and driver Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, died in the crash, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff\’s Office. A third man in the crash — 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards — was rescued after spending hours in water up to his neck.
\”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 in a statement released by the University of Akron, where son Terry is the football coach. \”We will cherish those last memories together with T.J. forever.\”
T.J. Bowden was the son of Jeff Bowden, a former Florida State assistant coach under his father who is now on brother Terry\’s staff at Akron.