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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "My eyes filled with tears," As Claire Elkins explained, it has been an emotional day for her and her neighbors. She said, "He's a wonderful man. He's just a good person. All around good person."

Elkins' neighbor, 76-year-old Barry Livingston, is in the hospital suffering from critical injuries after an early morning hit and run. "Just shock and sadness for him and his family. He doesn't deserve something like that to happen to him. Not him," Elkins adds.

Just feet away from a driveway in the 100-block of North Hughes Street is where Livingston's body was found, lying in the grass. According to a police report, the man was running along North Hughes Street when he spotted Livingston and thought he was asleep. When first responders arrived to the scene it was determined that Livingston had a severe head injury and a broken right leg.

David Thomasson said, "I've lived here for seven years and I've seen him running in the mornings a lot. So it's a normal thing for this gentleman to do." Thomasson lives a block away from the location of the hit-and-run and while he was saddened over the news, he says he was not taken by surprise. Thomasson adds, "You have to be careful on this street. There aren't any sidewalks. People just don't pay attention. This street seems to be one that they think they can do a large amount of speed on and you really can't."

Police are asking for the public's assistance. Any walkers, runners, or drivers in the area that may have seen a vehicle leaving the area is encouraged to call the police at (501) 918-5105.

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