News: Driver charged with intentionally hitting motorcyclist in Crystal River


CRYSTAL RIVER, FL – A man is facing charges following a road rage crash in Crystal River that left a motorcyclist critically injured.

WFTS reports 25-year-old Kristopher Alan Hite is charged with attempted vehicular homicide and child neglect.  The incident took place July 28, when investigators said Hite got into an argument with the motorcyclist at a stoplight on North Suncoast Boulevard.

The sheriff’s office said both drivers were speeding when Hite saw the motorcycle rider approaching from behind, then swerved into the right lane and intentionally hit the victim.  The impact caused the motorcycle and the rider to flip into the air.  The motorcyclist is now on life support due to the injuries suffered.

Hite’s girlfriend and young son were with him in his vehicle when the incident occurred, authorities said. Hite was arrested and booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility on a $17,000 bond.

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast called the incident “irresponsible and preventable”, adding that road rage “demonstrates a reckless disregard for other motorists and passengers.”

Contact Whittel & Melton today if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of another driver’s recklessness or misconduct. Our experienced Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys can manage your case throughout the legal process to help you seek compensation while you focus on your health and recovery. Contact us today at 866-608-5529 to schedule a free consultation with our dedicated legal team.

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