FWC biologist dies in car accident
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
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