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Survivor recovering after crash that killed two

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A Boca Raton man who survived a violent crash that killed two other people Christmas night has been released from the hospital.

Robert Lewis Edwards is now at home with friends and family. But among the two men that didn't make it was Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, the grandson of retired Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.

Authorities say the 23-year-old was riding in the car that plowed through a fence and then flipped upside down into the water. It happened on Country Club Road South in Winter Haven, less than a mile from his mother's home.

Investigators say the driver, 25-year-old Rafael Fernandes de Auguiar-Valini, died at the scene. Edwards, suffering from hypothermia, was pulled from the water by rescuers.

"He told them, 'I'm cold; I'm very, very cold. Please help me,'" Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "In fact, I think that they saved his life. He was in water almost up to his nose."

A close friend of the family says that Taylor Bowden was visiting from Tallahassee for the holidays. We're told the three spent Christmas night at a local bar and then left for a friend's house around 2 a.m. but never made it.

Six hours later, a garbage truck driver spotted the car over an embankment and called for help.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident and are looking into the possibility that alcohol played a factor.

Preliminary autopsy results, released Friday, indicated that both victims died as a result of drowning.

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