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Report: Bobby Bowden’s grandson killed in car crash in central Florida

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Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden received tragic news the day after Christmas. His grandson, Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, was killed in a car crash near Winter Haven, FL, according to a report from The Associated Press.

Bowden, 23, was riding with Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, when De Aguiar Valim lost control of the car, crashing upside down into a ditch on the side of the road. Both Bowden and De Aguiar Valim were found dead on the scene. A third passenger, Robert Lewis Edwards, 22, was pulled from the submerged Mitsubishi after hours of being trapped.

The vehicle was spotted at approximately 7:47 a.m. Thursday morning by a Florida Refuse truck. It took more than three hours for rescue divers to locate Edwards and the bodies of Bowden and De Aguiar Valim.

Edwards was still in a state of shock upon questioning. Early reports are that alcohol was a factor in the wreck.

Bowden’s grandson’s death comes nearly 10 years after he tragically lost another grandchild, Bowden Madden, 15, and former son-in-law, John Allen Madden, in a car crash.

*UPDATE* Taylor Jeffery Bowden was the son of Jeff Bowden, currently an assistant coach for the Akron Zips. Jeff was on FSU’s coaching staff from 1994-2006.

MORE: Twitter sends out condolences to the Bowden family

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  • Syble

    So Sorry for ALL the Family!

  • Meme

    So sorry for your tragic loss. Prayers for the entire family.

  • wylie

    A shame. But please get the facts right- Jeff Bowden is an assistant at Akron, his brother Terry is the head coach.

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