Florida governor’s spokeswoman dies in boating crash
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott is dead after a boating crash in the Florida Keys.
Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante died Sunday night, the evening before Scott announced he is running for U.S. Senate. The Keynoter Publishing Company reports Bustamante was a passenger in a boat that crashed into mangroves in Islamorada.
The 33-year-old was leaving Scott’s office to work on his Senate campaign. Her 37-year-old husband, Anthony Bustamante, and two others in the boat were injured.
A boat traveling behind the group stopped and took the injured aboard. They performed CPR on Bustamante, but she was pronounced dead a Tavernier hospital.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Bobby Dube says alcohol didn’t appear to be a factor in the crash.
Scott issued a release describing Bustamante as “terrific and selfless” and said, “Her personality filled rooms and hearts.”