Blind man hit by a car and left alone in the road

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock man remains in critical condition after being hit by a car early Thursday morning.

    63-year-old Bob Thompson is fully blind and couldn't provide police with many details.

    "He was walking to the store at 6 in the morning, like he always does with his guide dog," said his daughter Amanda Thompson.

    It happened at the intersection of Rodney Parham and Markham. Don Foster was driving down Rodney Parham on his way to work.

    "I saw a dog standing in the road, I couldn't tell what it was beside, but as I drove around it, I realized it was a person," he said.

    Another driver pulled over and called 911. Thompson was disoriented. "He had a cut on his forehead," Foster said. "He was semi coherent, answering some of our questions but not completely coherent."

    Eventually, Thompson was able to give his name, age and address to police. There were no witnesses and police don't have any video of the incident.

    Amanda said her father has been using guide dogs for over 30 years. Lennie has been with the Thompson family for four years and wouldn't leave Thompson in the road alone.

    "[Lennie] didn't really understand what was happening but he knew to sit in the middle of the road and wait for someone to come help him," Amanda said.

    "The dog was right by his side, stayed there the whole time," Foster said.

    Lennie wasn't harmed but Amanda said he has been confused since Thompson has been in the hospital and away from him.

    Things have been tough for the family lately. Amanda's mother is also blind and has been sick recently.

    "He's in the ICU, in critical condition, he's on a ventilator, he's sedated, he's broken lots of ribs, punctures in his lungs, broke some vertebrae in his neck," she said. "I wanna know who hit my dad!"

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