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City of Madison employee remains in ICU

Charles “Chuck” Hitchcock, Superintendent for Planning and Development for the City of Madison, was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on State Road 100 in Lake Butler, Fl. on Sunday, March 8 at 12:18 p.m. Hitchcock’s uncle, Jerald Hitchcock spoke with Greene Publishing and provided an update on Hitchcock’s conditions. As of press time on Tuesday, March 17, he remains in ICU at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville but it is hopeful that he will be moved out later that day. He suffered from a collapsed lung, seven broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a fractured ankle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Hitchcock was traveling westbound on SR 100 on his 1999 Honda motorcycle behind Sally Ann MacNeill, of Perry. MacNeill came to a stop when an unidentified white vehicle located in front of her stopped to allow oncoming traffic to pass before making a left turn. Attempting to avoid collision, Hitchcock laid his motorcycle on its side as he traveled westbound. The motorcycle skid several feet as it traveled and the left front fender collided with the rear undercarriage of MacNeill’s 2001 Ford Excursion. MacNeill and her two passengers were not injured. Florida Highway Patrol cited Hitchcock for following too closely.

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