FDLE: Speed and alcohol factors in Longwood commissioner's crash
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LONGWOOD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Longwood commissioner H.G. "Butch" Bundy remains in critical condition after being ejected from his car during a single-car accident Sunday night. His passenger, described as a female family friend, is also in critical condition.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a preliminary investigation reveals that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Toxicology samples have been submitted to FDLE and the results are pending.
Officials said Bundy's Ford Mustang convertable rolled over on Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Longwood near the Milwee Middle School. According to FDLE, Bundy was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit and failed to stop for a red light.
Bundy was ejected from the car when it a struck a median and overturned. The passenger, Christine M. Thompson, was wearing a seatbelt and was trapped in the vehicle. Both were rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Bundy has served the Central Florida community since 1994 in various roles including Mayor of Longwood.
The Bundy family released the following statement on Monday:
"As I am sure many of you have heard, Butch Bundy and a dear family friend were involved in a serious car accident last night. Butch has suffered a number of serious injuries and is in critical but stable condition. Out of respect for others involved in the incident, we are not making any statements on their behalf as it is not our place. We are sincerely praying that everyone involved recovers fully. We appreciate all the concern, thoughts and prayers that have been extended to Butch, our family and loved ones. Butch loves his community and has been truly touched by the outpouring of support. As he is able and willing to see visitors, we will let everyone know. Please know that while we recognize that Butch is a public figure, this is a private family matter and we wish to handle it as such. Accordingly, we ask that everyone respect our privacy in this most difficult time. We promise to provide updates as they become available. God bless!"