Two Citrus men killed when car and truck collide
By SUZANNAH GONZALES and ROBERT KING
BROOKSVILLE -- About 8:30 Friday night, Keith Richard Houston called his wife, Louise, in Homosassa, to let her know he'd be home in 35 minutes.
The 35 minutes came and went. No Keith. No call.
Louise Houston soon went looking.
With 14-year-old daughter Raynna and Raynna's boyfriend in the car, she traced the route she knew Keith would take. She came to an accident and jumped out of the car.
She asked an officer if there was a truck involved.
"Yes," he said.
"Was it dark gray?"
"Yes," he said.
"Was the driver's name Keith Houston?"
"Who are you?" the officer asked.
"Louise Houston, his wife. He was supposed to be home. Was Keith Houston involved in the accident?"
"Yes ma'am and he's dead," Louise remembers him saying. She fell to the ground.
At about the same time Keith Houston called his wife, Aaron Dwayne Moman talked to his father, Danny Moman. Aaron, driving from New Port Richey, told his dad he was coming across County Road 480. He said he'd be back at the Lecanto farm in five minutes.
When his son didn't return, his father went out looking for him. He didn't find him.
"That was the last I heard from him," Danny Moman said.
Both men died when their cars collided at about 9 p.m. on Hernando County Road 491, about two miles north of U.S. 98, just south of the Citrus County line.
Moman was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro south on CR 491 at a high speed when he missed a curve, overcorrected and crossed the center line, hitting Houston's northbound 2002 Dodge pickup, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash ejected Moman and split his car in two, the report said. Houston's truck was pushed onto the east shoulder.
Moman's stepmother, Carol Moman, said he may have been rushing home to help his father care for a horse with a cut leg.
Moman, 24, had been trying lately to get his life back together, Carol Moman said. After living in the Clearwater area and in New Port Richey, Moman moved into a trailer in the front of the family's Lecanto property about five months ago. He wanted a place of his own, Carol Moman said.
Moman worked with his father doing golf-course construction. They were between jobs, and Moman was working as an automotive detailer at Custom Car Care in Inverness, Danny Moman said.
Moman had a 5-year-old son, Nevin.
Carol Moman described her stepson as outgoing. "Anyone who reads his name will know him," she said. "He was very well liked."
So was Houston, 42. His family and friends described him as the best father and the best husband.
When it was cold, Houston would get up at 5:30 a.m. to make a cappuccino for Raynna, Louise Houston said.
Houston, father of three, always had a smile on his face, family members said.
His favorite thing to do was smoke cigars and watch sports, his 18-year-old daughter Tabitha said. He also enjoyed the Daytona 500 and fishing.
Houston also had a 16-year-old son, Wesley.
Houston was a hard worker and a practical thinker, his family said. A district manager of Applebee's, Houston, oversaw five restaurants. Some of his employees, who called him "Big Daddy Keith," grieved Saturday with Houston's family in his home at 6788 S Peach Point St. in Homosassa. They agreed Houston was "awesome" boss. They could talk to him, complain to him and hang out with him, they said.
When Louise Houston found out that someone else had died in the accident, she called the Moman family on Saturday.
"I'm so sorry," she remembers Danny Moman saying.
"I'm so sorry," she reciprocated.
"I just don't know what to do," Danny Moman said.
"There's nothing to do," she answered. "We have to be there for each other because it's not fair."
-- Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 860-7300. Robert King can be reached at email@example.com or (352) 848-1432.
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