A 24-year-old man who was a passenger in his father’s Jeep died this afternoon in a one-vehicle crash.
Alexander Colley of Tampa was partially ejected from the vehicle and later died from the injuries he sustained in the crash on Sligh Avenue, the sheriff’s office said.
Colley’s father, Roland Colley, 62, of Tampa, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition, the sheriff’s office said. The accident happened about 1:15 p.m.
The family lives in a mobile home on the property of Eureka Springs First Baptist Church, 10111 Sligh Ave., Tampa.
“I’m devastated,” said Joe Ramsey, who is the pastor of the church.
The crash occurred when Roland Colley was heading west on Sligh Avenue and failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, the sheriff’s office said.
About 16 years ago, Roland moved onto the church property. He had been a homeless veteran, Ramsey said.
He’s now a deacon and caretaker of the church property, said Ramsey, who has been pastor at the church seven years. The church has nine parishioners, Ramsey said.
Alex was a good person and helped keep the church and its property cleaned, Ramsey said. He was close with his father and they spent a lot of time together, he said.
“Roland loved him, and he loved Roland,” Ramsey said.
Last year, Roland got married.
“I know him as a good guy,” Ramsey said. “He’s a good Christian man.”