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Man arrested in back-to-back drunk-driving cases

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By Trevor Hughes 
Fort Collins Coloradoan

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A Fort Collins man freed from jail hours earlier in connection with a drunk-driving arrest was arrested again Friday morning following what investigators say was a drunken crash that killed his son.

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

Hite lost control on a right-hand turn, swerved off 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 passengers were seriously injured but their identities have not yet been made public. Hite-Touchet's death was the 24th on Larimer County roads this year.

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.

Fort Collins Coloradoan

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