Orlando Reporter, Videographer Hurt in News Van Crash

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Orlando Sentinel

Longtime WESH-Channel 2 reporter and former anchor Claire Metz was hurt Thursday evening when the news van she was riding in was hit by a pickup in Daytona Beach, authorities said.

Metz and Hutch Breneman were northbound on Palmetto Avenue at 6:15 p.m. when a small pickup driven by Drew Clark ran a red light at International Speedway Boulevard, said Lt. Tom Pera of the Daytona Beach police.

Clark, an assistant baseball coach at Bethune-Cookman University, told investigators he bent over to pick up a shoe from the floorboard beneath his feet after it fell off the front passenger seat, Pera said. Clark was given a ticket on a careless-driving charge. More…