A former Director for Hearst owned WPBF in West Palm Beach was found naked in a Florida park and later died.
The Palm Beach Post writes that Peter Robinson was described as a happy go-lucky man who “was always smiling,” said Jim Sitton, now a special project photographer at WPTV in West Palm.
“He was a Jamaican man with a beautiful spirit,” said Sitton. “Out of all the people I know, he would have been the last person to go out like this.”
Robinson died at a hospital on Saturday while in custody with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Officers found him incoherent and naked in the water at the park, along State Road A1A at the border of Indian River and Brevard counties.
A spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office said Robinson seemed to be under the influence of an undetermined substance. His death is still under investigation.
Before detained by Brevard County officers, Robinson fled Indian River County police after running a red light at an intersection and swerving on and off the road, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s police report.
Sitton said he met Robinson at WPBF where they became friends. He loved his field of work and was promoted to director after working for the station’s audio production, Sitton said.
WPBF declined to comment and said they do not make remarks on previous employees.
Robinson worked at the station from 1988 to 2011.