WESH update ...
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson crashed into a Lynx bus in downtown Orlando about noon Saturday.
Grayson was traveling to an upscale fundraising event for his Congressional campaign.
Authorities with the Orlando Police Department said the crash happened at Orange Avenue and Livingston Street.
Investigators said Grayson was driving a Mercedes, when he ran a red light and hit the bus.
Police and a campaign representative said Grayson and his passenger were not hurt. Two people aboard the bus claimed they suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.
Authorities said the crash is under investigation, and its not known yet what type of citation or charges may be filed.
A news release for Graysons campaign event stated it was scheduled from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the penthouse of some local Democrats in The Vue, a high-rise condominium near Lake Eola.
The Orlando Police Department website stated the time of the call to the incident was 12:08 p.m. The Orlando Fire Department dispatched the call at 12:06 p.m.
Featured guests included noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and actress Cheryl Hines. The suggested contribution for those attending was $1,000.
A Grayson campaign representative said news coverage of the event was not permitted, and no photos, video or information on the event would be provided.
Grayson defeated former Orlando Rep. Ric Keller in the 2008 election, and he served one term in Congress. Daniel Webster defeated Grayson in the 2010 election. Grayson is running again this year.
His Wikipedia bio doesnn’t have anything about the accident yet. It does say that his district (after redistricting) is 42% Hispanic. So far he is the only Democrat running—but might be in trouble if a Hispanic Democrat decided to run. It doesn’t say how many of those Hispanics are Cuban-Americans and how many are of other backgrounds which are more supportive of the Democrats.