Charges dropped against driver who hit photogs…

(from – As the beleaguered church leader was whisked away from journalists outside the Lake County Jail, WFTV-Channel 9 reporter Kenneth Moton yanked his cameraman from the rolling wheels of the getaway vehicle and WESH-Channel 2 newsman Bob Kealing shattered the pickup truck’s windshield with his fist.

Documented by shaky video and court depositions, the chaos surrounding Laura Maria Caballero’s release from jail Feb. 18 after she was accused of taking a 2-year-old girl without her parents’ permission helped prosecutors decide they couldn’t prove the nun’s driver broke the law.

“He committed no crime,” said Ron Fox, a Umatilla lawyer defending Andrew Hendrick, 33, who was scheduled for trial this week on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident. “He had no idea anyone was hurt.”

Louis Bonnell, a photojournalist with WFTV, and Angel “Ray” Cordero, a photojournalist with WOFL-Fox 35, were both struck by the pickup truck and injured. They were treated at the scene by the jail’s medical staff….Cont….

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