Update: Former Hazard newspaper salesman hit by truck receives donation

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update, 9/12/13

A Perry County man injured in a hit-and-run found some good fortune Thursday.

Larry "Love" Jackson, 49, was hit by a truck Monday while crossing the street in downtown Hazard.

Love said at the time of the accident the only money had has was a $50 bill, which he lost when he was hit.

Members of the VFW Post 3769 in Pikeville saw WYMT's story Monday on Jackson and decided to help out.

The VFW members presented Jackson with a $100 check and a $50 bill to replace the one he lost.

"The Lord sent some angels to watch over me from Pikeville," Jackson said. "The Lord was really working. And I thank him because if it wasn't for what everybody is doing for me, I'd be a lost person."

Jackson is known for his singing and dancing routine while selling newspapers in downtown Hazard - something he did for more than 20 years.
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Original story, 9/9/13

A Perry County man known for his singing and dancing routine while selling newspapers was the victim of a hit-and-run Monday.

Larry "Love" Jackson, 49, sold newspapers in downtown Hazard for more than 20 years. But he became the news when he was hit by a truck while crossing the street Monday around 10 a.m.

"As I walked across the street, somebody came flying down the street," Jackson said. "I threw my hand up to have them stop. They hit me and just kept going."

Jackson said he was hit by a red truck at a crosswalk in front of the Perry County Hall of Justice.

"I've been good to everybody. I never did anything wrong to hurt anyone or disrespect anyone," Jackson said. "All I did was try to work and make money selling papers."

Jackson suffered a twisted ankle and a cut above his right eye. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

"My foot's hurting bad," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to make my day, not feeling bad, not feeling distressed, not feeling upset, but it just hurts."

Jackson said the worst part is he dropped a $50 bill he was holding at the time of the accident and hasn't recovered it.

Somebody picked it up and went on about their business I guess," Jackson said. "It's just a shame the way things are going for me."

Jackson said he wants the person who hit him to apologize and pay him the money he lost.

"It hurts the way people do me around here because I'm just nothing but a paper man trying to make a living for myself to keep me away from drugs and prostitution and everything in the streets," Jackson said through teary eyes.

As of Monday night, police said they had not located the person who hit Jackson.

Jackson said his injuries should heal in a few days.


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