Pedestrian hit during pursuit improving; 5 juveniles in vehicle charged

(Photo courtesy of Smith's family)

A man who was hit during a pursuit Tuesday in which five juveniles were arrested and charged is improving.

The 61 year-old man, Arthur Smith, is in stable condition.

Phillip Bailey says when he saw the cart on Hamilton Road, he sadly knew exactly who had been hit.

“His cart, I saw it on the road. He's the only one who pushes a cart like that,” said the long-time neighbor.

The Franklin County Sheriff's lieutenant started pursuing a car after the license plates came back stolen.

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Speeds were in excess of 100 miles per hour. The car slowed to 60 miles per hour after running over spike strips, before hitting Smith.

Bailey said he is sad to hear his friend was hurt.

“It's a shame that it happened. The kids shouldn't have done what they did. Then when I heard what was in the car, that was even worse,” Bailey said.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, five juveniles; the driver, 16, the youngest just 12, were on their way to Florida with stolen credit cards, a credit card skimming machine and alcohol inside the car.

“I guess the good people are the ones who end up in the bad end of it," Bailey said.

Neighbors are hoping the friendly man who is known for cleaning up the neighborhood continues to improve.

Smith's son says his dad loved to walk everywhere and says was outgoing and loved to talk to everyone.

“I love him and I want him to get better. I want him to make a full recovery. We just don't know right now,” said Anthony Smith.