A young man from Alvord died in a one-vehicle rollover just after midnight on Dec. 27 in rural Larimer County, Colo.
Joshua Touchet Hite, 21, was ejected from the vehicle and killed instantly. His father, John Hite, 45, formerly of Sunset, lost control of the pickup on a sharp turn, veered off the road and proceeded to roll through a fence, mailboxes and a road sign before coming to a rest upside down. Two other passengers were also ejected and seriously injured.
A spokesman for the Colorado State Police said alcohol and speeding appeared to be factors in the wreck. Hite was arrested after a short stay in a local hospital. He’s since been charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and driving while license suspended. He’s held in Larimer County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Hite had just been released from the same jail on a DUI-related arrest the morning of the fatal wreck. When Hite lived in Wise County, he was arrested six times between 2004 and 2011, including charges of assault, evading arrest and driving while intoxicated-third or more.
Josh, who grew up in Alvord and attended Alvord schools, is remembered as an outdoorsman who liked to help others.
“He always liked to be outside, either playing sports or hunting or fishing,” his older sister Brooke Touchet said. “He’d also help you anytime he could. He’d help you fix your car or paint your house – whatever you needed. I don’t think there was anybody that didn’t like him after they met him.
“We got closer since we’ve both been adults,” she added. “When we were kids, we’d pester each other. But he’d become someone I could talk to about anything … He was the sweetest guy, the best little brother. If there was anything wrong going on in my life, he would always try to help. He’d come over in the middle of the night if I needed him. And he’d just listen, he never judged me.”
Josh had been living in Colorado the last four or five months and was working with road crews and in construction with his father.
“He was having a good time working with my dad in construction,” Touchet said.
At the scene of the wreck, tools and other construction equipment were scattered across the site.
He was also looking forward to starting a family.
“Josh really wanted a family,” she said. “He was ready to settle down.”
Brooke said she has reached out to her father.
“I sent him a card and told him I didn’t hate him, even though there are a lot of people that do right now,” she added. “He’s an alcoholic and made a bad decision. I know he didn’t mean to hurt Josh.”
A funeral was held for Josh Dec. 31 at Brown, Owens and Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Josh’s name to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).