LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - UPDATE: A fund has been established for Jerry Riggins at First Capital Bank at 6811 Indiana. His family says he has been upgraded to stable condition as of Wednesday.
People can also donate in Jerry's name at Carpenter's Church, 1916 13th Street, Lubbock, TX 79401, (806) 687-2453.
Jerry Riggins, a newspaper salesman for at least five years was hit by a car near South Loop 289 and University Avenue on Sunday night.
Drivers who pass by that median might remember Riggins, who always worked the night shift.
"He's just a really hard worker," said Jerry's minister at Carpenter Church, Jaime Wheeler. "Selling newspapers is one of the only jobs you can get, being on the streets and that is pretty easy for people to get, so he's pretty consistent doing that one."
Witnesses say a car ran a red light and hit Riggins while he was crossing the intersection to sell yet another paper. Witnesses say the car kept driving.
Wheeler said Riggins suffers from a cracked pelvis, bleeding of the brain, and is on a respirator.
"It was crazy," said Jerry's friend, Heather Pollard. "Out of nowhere this happened."
Jerry's fellow members of Carpenter's Church heard the tragic news on Monday morning.
"Jerry is a total character...he's a huge people person," Wheeler said. "He loves to be around people, very talkative, very kind-hearted, shares his stuff with anybody. When we have new people come around, he'll share his blankets and hygiene stuff, anything he can do to help someone."
While Jerry fights for his life, these church members are doing what they can to match his compassion.
"People have been pretty upset about it, but we've really just spent some time praying and writing Jerry some notes and just thinking about him," Wheeler said, "just to remind us of what's important."
Wheeler asks that drivers also practice compassion while on the road.
"Being kind to the people who are selling paper by bringing them by a coffee or something to eat," she said. "They're out there all during the day, and we do have a friend who's going to be buying the bright, colored vests for people to wear so that they can be seen better. So just any ideas like that."
Police ask anyone with information about this incident to please call Crime Line at 741-1000.