Family, Work Remember Man Who Died When Car Fell From Bridge

The man who died when his vehicle fell from the Combs Hehl Bridge two weeks ago was identified Sunday as David Bouma, 32, of Milford, Ohio.

Bouma's Pontiac descended from the span that connects Campbell County to Ohio via I-275 as part of a series of wrecks that included around a dozen cars. The vehicle and Bouma's body were not recovered until Saturday morning, 11 days later. 

SEE PREVIOUSLY: Photos: Vehicle Involved in Bridge Accident Pulled from Ohio River

On Monday, Bouma's family and employer released statements.

"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our brother and son," Bouma's family said in a statement released via the Campbell County Police Department. "The last week and a half has been extremely difficult, but we now have confirmation and can begin to process this tragedy and loss. David lived in Milford for over 6 years, and over that time made many friends in the area and created his home here. The heartache is unimaginable and devastating, and we appreciate the media respecting our privacy during this difficult time. We are forever grateful to the various police departments and recovery teams involved in this entire process for their support, concern, and diligence since day one.  David’s recovery on Saturday provides us peace in knowing we can lay him to rest, though we will struggle in navigating life without him."

Bouma worked for Cardinal Solutions Group in Kenwood. The information technology firmed issued this statement on Monday:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague David Bouma. David has been a member of the Cardinal family for nearly five years in our Application Development group. On every project David was the guy that would always go above and beyond what was asked of him. Cardinal folks who had an opportunity to work with David described him as "an invaluable asset to the team,” "he amazes people with his work,” "a Rock Star,” "brilliant,” "unbelievable work ethic,” "a hero who is always willing to help," and of course "friend.” David was respected and loved by all of us and he will be deeply missed.

David's family, friends, and his colleagues have been, and will remain, in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

SEE PREVIOUSLY: Here's Part of What Happened When Car Fell Off Combs Hehl Bridge

Campbell County Coroner's Office reported on Sunday that Bouma died from head trauma, indicating that he was likely killed when the Pontiac struck the water. The vehicle was full of sand and debris when a diver reached it on Saturday.

-Staff report

Photo: David Bouma (via Cardinal Solutions Facebook page)