Levy County Motorcyclist Severely Injured During Road Rage Crash
A 36-year-old Levy County motorcyclist continues his struggle to stay alive this morning nearly three weeks after he was involved in a serious accident with another vehicle at the end of July on Suncoast Boulevard in Crystal River.
According to officials with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, a 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted vehicular homicide and child neglect for his alleged connection to a road rage incident on July 28, 2022, which led to a collision that severely injured motorcyclist Levi Lamoreaux from Inglis.
Preliminary reports indicate that 35-year-old Homosassa resident Kristopher Alan Hite was driving a Mercury Mountaineer SUV along Suncoast Boulevard with a female and child passenger when he encountered the 36-year-old biker at a red stop light. The two men allegedly had a verbal altercation over an unknown matter and when the traffic light turned green, they both drove away from the intersection at a high rate of speed in the northbound direction of Suncoast Boulevard. At some point during their deadly game of cat and mouse, the motorcyclist pulled his bike up behind the SUV and as soon as the SUV driver noticed this maneuver, he intentionally cut the biker off and crashed into him. The intense force from the collision caused Lamoreaux to be thrown from his bike while his Kawasaki motorcycle flipped out of control down the highway.
Several Citrus County emergency response teams were dispatched to the scene of the accident and temporarily stabilized Lamoreaux so he could be medevaced to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. He is currently in critical condition on life support and suffering from a severe brain injury, a broken collarbone, a broken spine, road rash, and multiple other minor injuries.
Deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kristopher Alan Hite after it was determined that his acts were intentional. “This incident was irresponsible and preventable. Allowing a negative interaction with another motorist to escalate to road rage puts everyone in jeopardy and demonstrates a reckless disregard for other motorists and passengers,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast in a statement to the press.
Kristopher Alan Hite is being held at the Citrus County Detention Facility with a $17,000 bond for both charges.
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