Motorcyclist and SUV driver argued at a stop light. Then came ‘rage,’ Florida cops say

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office in Florida made an arrest Monday over a "violent" street rage.
According to an official post on Facebook, 35-year-old Kristopher Alan Hite first got into a verbal altercation with a motorcyclist on July 28 while riding in his SUV in Crystal River with his girlfriend and young son.
The argument began at a stoplight on Suncoast Boulevard. Witnesses testified that both Hite and the motorcyclist drove away at too high a speed. Hite was in the left/inside lane and the motorcyclist was in the right/outside lane.
Seeing the motorcyclist approaching from behind, Hite swerved into the outside lane and struck the rider and his motorcycle, causing both of them to "repeatedly flip violently in the air," according to the sheriff's office.
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Deputy and rescuers went to the crash. The driver was taken to the hospital and placed on life support in critical condition.
On Monday, after investigators determined the accident was the result of a "premeditated act," MPs arrested Hite on attempted vehicle murder and child neglect charges.
"This incident was irresponsible and preventable," said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Allowing a negative interaction with another motorist to escalate into road rage puts everyone at risk and shows reckless disregard for other motorists and passengers.”
Hite is being held at the Citrus County Detention Center on $15,000 bail for attempted vehicle murder and another $2,000 for child neglect.

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