23-year-old Taylor Bowden was the front seat passenger in a Mitsubishi driven by 25-year-old Rafael Fernandes de Aguiar Valim of
Deputies were called to the scene on
When crews arrived, deputies said 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, according to PCSO.
Around , dive team deputies who were in the water heard noises coming from within the car, according to officials, and they established communication from a man who was inside the car, telling deputies he was cold and needed help. Up until this point in time, deputies said the victim had made no noise and did not respond to any of the first responders' efforts to locate survivors.
Deputies said their dive team rescued the adult male victim, identified as 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards of
Deputies are still investigating the crash and said so far it appears that this car was the only car involved, and that it was heading northbound on
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