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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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  • where is the photo of the rear end damage? something like that would have disabled the other vehicle rather quickly.

    Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:50 pm
  • Thank you all for all the comments, and prayers.

    Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:30 am
  • Omg prayers are with u Clayton. God bless the whole family. U guys have been through enough

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 7:39 pm
  • Hmm..he may be connected to all that in the hospital but the SUV damage and the amount of cuts you should probably see on his body just don’t match up…that’s none of my business though

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:55 pm
    • he has an iv, telemetry, oxygen, and a blood pressure cuff for vitals. thats not consistent a mvc? most of that is pretty standard with a general admit hospitalization. watching too much tv where theres a serious trauma and the actor is hooked just an ekg monitor? ugh smh..

      Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:24 pm
    • I do tend to agree with you. I’ve seen the damage a wreck like this does to a persons body and Clayton’s aren’t as bad, thank God. Before FoodforThought jumps on me, I’ll let them know I work in the medical field and the bag you see on the patients face is called an Ambu bag, which is used for artificial respiration. They are usually used when the lungs have been injured.

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 6:19 pm
      • That’s a nonrebreather oxygen mask actually.

        Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:42 pm
        • as i mentioned oxygen.. not anything specific like a nasal cannula just something oxygen related.. I made the comment bc people see all that and think wow what is all that. luckily he didnt end up on a vent.

          Thursday, 11 May 2017, 8:06 pm
  • I dont see any rear end damage the windows on the side are not broken out

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:33 pm
    • Crazy b., reread 2nd paragraph. Speeding vehicle caused him to drive off road and hit 2 power poles. Pictures are not showing the rear of vehicle when ALL DEVASTATING DAMAGE DESTROYED FRONT ENGINE COMPARTMENT. This is due to being propelled off road by speeding vehicle that hit him. May God and his angels watch over and heal this man. Family and friends love will assist in recovery.

      Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:11 pm
    • thats bc you arent standing directly behind the vehicle and probably behind a keyboard instead. point being?

      Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:43 pm
      • I agree actually. I did see a comment about another vehicle with damage but why didn’t anyone get a tag number or detain the person if they stopped? I see no rear damage but that does not mean there isn’t any. Regardless I hope karma prevails

        Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 8:20 pm
    • Not only are you crazy, you are stupid too. Here’s a picture of the back of the truck. Now, why don’t you go look for the guy who hit him? His name is Corey Thomas and his newer truck that hit the back of Claytons Expedition. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203114793827140&set=pcb.10203114795867191&type=3&theater
      Here’s a picture of Corey Thomas. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158546432175567&set=pcb.10158546432465567&type=3&theater

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 6:14 pm
  • citrus ave again // is this the new us 19 // see so many cops drivin up and down there // theres got to b a trail of radiator fluid or something // or someones vehicle is messed up sittin in there driveway // anyways GOD BLESSTO FAMILY just remember KARMA can serve up in a mighty big plate also so turn your self in F- – – TARD

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:24 pm
  • Does anyone have the cars description.

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:02 pm
    • Gmc Sierra silver/gold color newer model

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 12:00 pm
  • proper detective work will solve this crime w/ paint chip from fleeing vehicle and or description from victim and searching all available video of local establishments closest to scene of accident. The family should NOT wait for Sheriff Department, but go visit every possible place that has video and get it secured immediately. Good Luck and hope the person responsible serves 100% of their time in prison w/ No Parole and I don’t give a damn if they were drunk, are a drunk and or a drug addict. Zero tolerance for fleeing the scene of a major crime like this…

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:35 am
  • hey y’all I’m starting a go fund me page to help him and his family out while he’s recovering I’ll post the links on his facebook page and etc when it’s done….. If you know him then you know he’ll get right back to work for his family despite his own health…… ? so maybe we can all ease the burden even if only a little bit…. ❤❤

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:28 am
    • His girlfriend already started one

      Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:12 pm
  • He did not free himself from the truck. There were three guys & a female that pulled him from the truck that had down power lines on top it and something leaking. The suspect that ran away from scene after talking with people who stopped to help was driving a silver/Greg pickup truck with serve damage to the front left.

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:17 am
    • Thanks to all who help .I deeply appreciate it. You probably saved​ our son’s life. God bless you Fred and Connie Cason

      Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2:08 pm
      • My little brother Tyler Ray Young and one of his friends are the ones that pull him out

        Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 3:57 pm
    • My little brother Tyler young and one of his friends are the ones that freed him

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 3:55 pm
  • I think clayton is part cat but damn it brother you need to slow down on burning through your nine lives.
    God speed on a healthy and speedy recovery

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 9:54 am
  • THERE IS A CAR OUT THERE WITH A TON OF FRONT END DAMAGE AND NOT TO FAR AWAY !!!!!!!! I AM SURE HIS RADIATOR WAS DESTROYED !!!!! 🙁

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 9:49 am
  • What is wrong with people? Wishing you all the best Clayton!! Hopefully they will find who the person who did this.

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 9:13 am
  • God Bless you Clayton. I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I hope you make a quick recovery. Karma will pay that irresponsible driver who caused this a seriously well deserved visit.

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2:10 am
  • Hope they find the person that did this!

    Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:29 pm
  • His beard is the source of his power. Honestly, God bless him, and I hope he recovers well.

    Monday, 8 May 2017, 10:37 pm
    • This made him laugh. Thank you fellow beard man. 🙂

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:37 am
  • God bless him

    Monday, 8 May 2017, 10:16 pm

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