- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A drunk driver who was released from jail in December and hours later crashed his pickup truck near Horsetooth Reservoir, killing his son, will serve up to the next decade in prison.

A judge on Friday sentenced 45-year-old John Hite to 10 years in prison, along with five years of mandatory parole.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan (https://tinyurl.com/n8rc23n), prosecutors say Hite was drunk when he lost control of his pickup and crashed near Horsetooth Reservoir on Dec. 27. Hite’s 21-year-old son, Joshua Hite-Touchet, was killed in the crash.

According to court records, Hite had been freed from jail the day before the accident after spending several days behind bars because he failed to appear in court to answer charges stemming from a Sept. 7 DUI arrest.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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