Editor's Note: This story was corrected to show that a second passenger in the involved SUV was not hospitalized for a minor injury to their arm, and that Brandon Alicia was thrown from the motorcycle.

Information was released Friday about a Thanksgiving crash at the entrance of a Beverly Hills community that left a Citrus Springs motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries.

A spokesperson with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, where 20-year-old Brandon Avery Alicia was airlifted following the 6:53 p.m. Nov. 28 collision, could not be reached Friday to comment on Alicia’s status.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office crash report, Alicia was riding a black Honda motorcycle in the inside, southbound lane of County Road 491, approaching the intersection with West Black Diamond Circle.

At the same time, 49-year-old Matthew Finch, of Gainesville, was driving a gray Nissan Rogue on Black Diamond Circle and was stopped at the intersection with C.R. 491. 

Finch told the investigating sheriff’s office deputy he didn’t see Alicia’s motorcycle as he tried to cut across to northbound lanes of C.R. 491, the report shows.

Another witness who was driving south on C.R. 491 told deputies they saw Finch’s vehicle stopped at the intersection and pull out into southbound lanes as Alicia sped passed them at roughly 60 mph in the 40 mph speed zone, according to the crash report.

Alicia’s motorcycle then struck the back-left side of Finch’s SUV, which then spun around into the median. Alicia was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the road. Emergency responders flew Alicia for treatment of incapacitating injuries, the report shows.

Finch and one of his two passengers were uninjured; the second passenger suffered a minor injury to their arm but was not hospitalized.

No citations were listed in the sheriff’s crash report.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or

(6) comments


It's time to add a stoplight there.


People leaving Black Diamond are always pulling out and blocking the inside southbound lanes waiting on northbound traffic to clear. They fail to pull fully into the median turn lane to wait. That's if they even stop at the stop sign. It's like people driving past their area are beneath them. 40 is the posted limit, but most are going 50, then others pass them at 60.


hope the kid recovers ok.


...sped *past* them...


Used correctly.



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