Community Rallies Around Man Killed In Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- Folks in Russellville honor a popular cyclist, known for his friendly smile, who was killed in an accident last week.

Jimmy Hood worked as a sign carrier -- for Little Caesars -- in Russellville.

And today, his "work" family held a fundraiser for him.

Everyone we talked to in the community shared a fond memory of Hood saying they best remember him as riding his three-wheel bike always waving and smiling at people.

Today cars lined up outside Little Caesars in the drive-thru and people went inside to buy crazy bread.

Proceeds from the sales went to Hood's fiance.

Last week, a truck driver accidentally hit him at the intersection of Weir and East Parkway.

Everyone in the community is devastated by this tragedy.

Betty Crawford said, "Because he was such a good guy. I saw him all the time. I live on the other side of town now and when I lived over here I would see him on his bike. He would come up and down the street. He's always real friendly and a sweet person."

Hood suffered from Cerebral Palsy which is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.

But people who knew Hood say that never got him down.

We're told he loved his job and loved riding his bike making sure to always show a positive attitude with that wave or smile.

Investigators are trying to figure out if Hood was in the crosswalk before the driver turned.

That will help them decide where to go with this case.

But people I talked to say Hood usually wore an orange vest and had a bright colored flag on his bike and this did happen in the daylight.

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