Man Survives Devastating Hit and Run Crash, Search for Suspect Underway
CRYSTAL RIVER (CITRUS) – A hit and run crash nearly claimed the life of a Citrus County man last night, after he was struck from behind while driving on Citrus Ave.
According to the victim’s sister, Cyndee Cason, her brother 33-year-old Clayton Cason was traveling southbound on Citrus Ave, approaching the intersection of W. Tall Pines Court, when he noticed a vehicle “barreling down the road behind him.” Clayton thought the vehicle was going to pass but instead the driver rear ended Clayton’s SUV, causing him to drive off the roadway and strike two utility poles, and a tree. Damage to Clayton’s SUV was so severe that it was almost unrecognizable.
Cyndee says her brother was pinned in the vehicle, but despite having a collapsed lung, broken ribs and sternum, Clayton somehow managed to free himself an crawl out.
Clayon was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center where is currently listed in stable condition.
Cyndee says the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident but at this point they have no leads.
Cyndee says the accident occurred around 9:15 p.m. and is asking for anyone with information regarding the crash to contact the Florida Highway Patrol immediately.
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