I just learned from my friend Marvin K. White, that an old friend who once lived here in Oakland, was killed in a car accident in Indiana in January. He will be missed.
Earnest Hite, Jr., a prevention coordinator with the organization known as Better Existence with HIV ( BEHIV ) —and a former columnist for BLACKlines and OUTlines ( now Windy City Times ) , passed away Jan. 14.
He was 53. Hite died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into an oncoming garbage truck on U.S. Route 20 in Porter, Ind., according to The Beacon News.
Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier told Windy City Times that “ at the time of the crash, we had extremely bad weather with the roads being snow-covered and slick. Impact occurred in the garbage truck lane, with the passenger side rear quarter panel of Hite's vehicle hitting the front of the truck.”
Hite was transported to Porter Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hite was born Aug. 24, 1954, in Urbana, Ill., the oldest child of Earnest, Sr. and Dorothy L. Patterson Hite.
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