Around 2 a.m. the Winter Haven police say a car crashed in to a creek on the side of the road leaving two dead including former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden's grandson.
The car was located at Country Club Road South, between Dundee Rd and Lake Hamilton Rd, upside down and about 2/3 submerged in water in what can be described as a creek or ditch. The wood fence where the car appears to have entered the embankment and down into the water was also broken. Police suspect alcohol was involved.
Winter Haven Police, PCSO Deputies, Fire/EMS, and the PCSO dive team arrived on-scene. There were no signs of life from within the car during the numerous efforts by first responders to locate any survivors. The front end of the car was completely submerged, and a portion of the back end was sticking up out of the water. The deceased driver was 25-year-old Rafael Fernandes de Auguiar-Valini of Winter Haven and the front-seat passenger was 23-year-old Taylor Jeffrey Bowden of Winter Haven.
The deputies on the dive team who were in the water heard noises coming from within the car. They established communication with a man who was inside the car, telling deputies he was cold and needed help. Up until this point in time the victim had made no noise and did not respond to any of the first responders' efforts to locate survivors.
The dive team, comprised of Deputy Sheriff Jeff Kistler and Deputy Sheriff Bob Clayton, rescued 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards, who was a back seat passenger during the time of the crash. The victim was submerged in the water up to his neck. He is being treated for hypothermia and other injuries at Winter Haven Hospital.
He has been interviewed by deputies but is not completely lucid. Deputies are still trying to determine exactly when and how the crash occurred. So far it does appear that this car was the only car involved, and that it was heading northbound on Country Club Road when, for unknown reasons, it left the roadway across the southbound lane, through a fence, down an embankment, ending up upside down in the water. The depth of the water is about 5 feet.
The dive team located two deceased victims in the front of the car, which was completely submerged. One appears to be the driver, and one the front seat passenger. Both are adult males.