Fort Myers, Fla. station WBBH-WZVN, which is owned by Waterman Broadcasting, lost one of its own staffers over the weekend in a fatal motorcycle accident.
Reporter Jennifer Lenzini, who was 26, was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle in North Port, Fla. on Saturday when the driver lost control, drove across the road and into a tree.
The driver, a 30-year-old man, died on the scene. Lenzini was flown to a nearby hospital, where she later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.
“Jenny covered stories that mattered most to our community in Charlotte County and Lee County,” the station wrote in a report about her death. “She was always diligent in her work and made sure you knew how grateful and thankful she was to be reporting in Southwest Florida.”
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Lenzini, a graduate from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, began at the station in July. She started her career in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2016 as an MMJ at KTIV before becoming the station’s weekend anchor.
“Jenny was a bright light, full of heart, dedication, a rising star in the broadcast industry with an infectious smile,” KTIV vice president and general manager Bridget Breen said in a statement. “She was authentic, humble and always kind.”