Tragedy has struck for a Republican governor after a tragic boat crash
Even though having an accident in a boat is not that common, it is possible, and Republican Governor Rick Scott knows it firsthand.
On April 8, 2018, he and other members of his office learned that Jereima Bustamante, his press secretary, passed away at the age of 33 after the boat she was riding crashed into mangrove branches lining a narrow channel in Islamorada, Florida Keys.
According to Faith Family America, Bustamante suffered blunt force trauma in the accident that was too much for her body to bare and was pronounced dead at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Florida.
Despite she was extremely well-liked by other members of Scott’s office, she recently decided to leave his position vacant. She was intended to join him again in his 2018 U.S. Senate campaign, though.
Scott, who admitted the Senate runs in Spanish, had been getting Bustamante’s help with his Spanish for years. Most of the times, she would join and help him navigate tragedies.
Bustamante and Scott got together when he visited people after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and when the Orlando nightclub and the Parkland shootings took place.
The Governor’s office released a statement announcing Bustamante’s passing and pointing out that she was a terrific and selfless person. They added that her personality filled ‘rooms and hearts.’
Horrible news: Jeri Bustamante, press secretary to @FLGovScott, died in a boating accident in the Keys Sunday. A wonderful, cheerful person to work with. https://t.co/HzeO7xrXt7 pic.twitter.com/ozb58r8Pah— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) April 9, 2018
Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera also admitted being devastated by her passing as they worked together during his tenure as the Miami-Dade property appraiser and during the 2014 campaign.
So far, the circumstances of the accident are under investigation. All that is known so far is that she was with three more people: her husband, Antony Bustamante, Geydis Briel, and Eddie Briel, who was driving the boat.
All of them survived the crash, but they got injured, as well. Even though the investigators believe that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, nothing is clear at the moment.