Driver just freed from jail arrested on DUI charges in fatal crash

10:06 PM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS (COLORADOAN) - A Fort Collins man freed from jail hours earlier in connection with a drunken-driving arrest was arrested again Friday morning following what investigators say was a drunken crash near Horsetooth Reservoir that killed his son.

Joshua Hite-Touchet, 21, died at the scene of the 12:30 a.m. crash after being thrown from the Chevrolet Silverado being driven by his father, John Hite, 45, Colorado State Patrol said.

Hite was driving west on Larimer County Road 38E when he lost control on a right-hand turn, swerved off the left side of the road, crashed across a small dirt road and then rolled sideways into a fence surrounding a utility building near the unincorporated town of Stout, CSP said.

"Speed is being considered a factor, and alcohol is being considered a factor," said CSP spokesman Trooper Josh Lewis.

Hite-Touchet and Hite were both thrown from the truck, as were two other passengers. Those other two passengers were seriously injured but their identities have not yet been made public by CSP. Hite-Touchet's death was the 24th on Larimer County roads this year.

Hite was taken into custody by CSP on Friday after being released from Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Hite was freed from jail on Dec. 26 after several days behind bars because he failed to appear in court to answer charges stemming from a Sept. 7 DUI arrest, court records show.

The truck destroyed a road sign and a stand of mailboxes as it rolled. The Silverado has Texas plates, and it left tools and other construction equipment scattered along the roadway where it rolled. Larimer County Road 38E turns into Harmony Road several miles east when it hits city limits.

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