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FWC biologist dies in car accident

News Release

Friday, February 19, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is mourning the loss of one of their own.  Jeff Simonds, a marine biologist who worked for the agency for more than eight years, died Thursday from injuries sustained in a car accident. The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. on the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.

The 32-year-old was working with the Keys Fisheries Research Program at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) Marathon lab. He joined the agency in 2002 at FWRI's Cedar Key lab.
Simonds graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology. He attended C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Simonds was a dedicated biologist who will be greatly missed. 

FWRI biologist Elizabeth Overstreet, 24, also was injured in the accident.

During this difficult time, the FWC's thoughts are with the families of those involved in the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. 



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