Former Florida state Sen. Greg Evers died in a car crash near his Baker home. He was 62.

According to a statement from family representative Sarah Bascom, Evers was involved in a single-car accident Monday night. The family is asking for prayers as they deal with this sudden loss. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

The Pensacola News Journal is reporting that Lt. Eddie Elmore of the Florida Highway Patrol said that Evers drove off a curve on Griffith Mill Road sometime late Monday; his car was found submerged in a roadside creek Tuesday afternoon. Evers was the only person in the vehicle.

Evers, a Republican, was first elected to Senate District 2 in 2010 and subsequently re-elected. SD 2 covers parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Previously, Evers served Florida House District 1 from 2001 to 2010.

Senate President Joe Negron commented Evers’ passing Tuesday afternoon: “Greg passionately represented his district for many years in both the House and Senate. He was especially dedicated to the men and women of his community who were serving or had served in the military, as well as our fellow Floridians across the state who serve as Corrections Officers.”

A fixture in Panhandle politics, Evers was a staunch supporter of limited government and Second Amendment rights, causing a stir in 2016 by offering a free AR-15 raffle to people who liked his Facebook page. In 2014, he advocated banning schools from disciplining students playing simulated weapons. The proposal — known as the “Pop-Tart bill” — was inspired by an 8-year-old Maryland boy who was suspended for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Earlier this year, Evers made a bid for the Florida Public Service Commission, but did not make the final list.

After news of his death, tributes began rolling in, including Gov. Rick Scott and

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