A motorcyclist was airlifted for hospitalization Monday afternoon after a car collided with his motorcycle at the entrance to the Citrus Hills neighborhood.
According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy investigating the collision, the rider of the black Harley-Davidson was eastbound on County Road 486, west of Hernando.
As the motorcyclist approached the intersection with North Citrus Hills Boulevard, a silver Mazda ran a red light while turning out of Citrus Hills Boulevard to head west on C.R. 486, the deputy said.
While the motorcyclist tried to evade a collision, the Mazda’s front still struck the side of his Harley-Davidson.
It’s believed the motorcyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but he was talking when emergency crews arrived on scene, the deputy said.
Responders airlifted the motorcyclist to Ocala Regional Medical Center, a precaution for head injuries. The deputy cited the Mazda’s driver for failing to obey a traffic control signal.
Also, earlier that afternoon, a truck broadsided an SUV at the junction of County Road 491 and State Road 200, north of Hernando.
According to a sheriff’s office deputy investigating the crash, the white GMC pickup truck was southbound on S.R. 200, approaching C.R. 491.
At the same time, a white Hyundai Tucson trying to turn left onto S.R. 200’s northbound lanes from C.R. 491 travelled in front of the truck, violating its right of way, the deputy said.
Responders hospitalized all three of Hyundai’s occupants and one of the truck’s two occupants.