WPTV is mourning the loss of a beloved former reporter and anchor who died Sunday from injuries sustained in a Friday motorcycle crash in West Palm Beach.
Rachele Scholes, 55, of Lake Worth, was the passenger a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling south on South Dixie Highway near the intersection of Churchill Road at 9:41 p.m. Friday.
Police said a 2003 Ford Taurus, which was heading north, turned left in front of the motorcycle, violating the motorcycle’s right of way.
The two vehicles collided, ejecting both the driver of the motorcycle and Scholes.
The driver of the Ford was not hurt. West Palm Beach police said the driver of the motorcycle sustained "serious injuries," but they are not "life threatening."
Police said the wreck remains under investigation.
Scholes was a former reporter and news anchor at WPTV from 1986 to 1999 where she covered breaking news, criminal and civil court cases and produced in-depth specials.
Scholes was the recipient of the Associated Press Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
Following her time with WPTV she worked in media and public relations, spent two years as a morning radio co-host on WEAT Sunny 104.3, was a real estate agent, and was most recently the office administrator of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
Longtime WPTV anchor Kelley Dunn posted on Facebook, "Words cannot express the sadness and shock I, and so many of us at WPTV, feel after learning of the death of our dear friend."
Dunn said she and Scholes attended the University of Florida together, and she will remember her as a devoted mom to her 16-year-old son.
A GoFundMe Account has been established for Scholes' family.
I was a cub reporter, she was a veteran when we worked together at Ch 5 in WPB. Such a positive kind person. Pray for her son who has now lost both parents. https://t.co/QlLs2J33GO
— Martha Sugalski (@MarthaSugalski) November 5, 2018
While I did not know Rachele, I know how special she was to my @WPTV family. Thinking of her loved ones during this tragic time.
Former WPTV reporter dies after motorcycle crash https://t.co/fSamJcupsj
— Stephanie Susskind (@StephanieWPTV) November 5, 2018