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Man run over while trying to stop speeders

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 23:14:04-05

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- A Columbus man is in critical condition after he was run over while trying to slow down speeders earlier this week. 

Benjamin Taylor was airlifted to the hospital on Monday night. 

Some neighbors say he was run over because he decided to take action on an issue they all want fixed. 

Francis Jaggers has lived in Columbus, Indiana for 23 years. When she saw lights flood her street Monday night, she was shocked. 

"Scary, cause I didn't know what was going on," she said. 

But when she heard the reason, she wasn't surprised.

Police rushed to 27-year-old Benjamin Taylor's aid after he had been knocked down in a hit-and-run on 13th Street. 

Nakita Pittman was visiting her mom, and rushed to call 911. 

"It looked awful and it sounded awful," she said. 

Taylor lives down the road from her mom. 

"He is always walking his two dogs. He walks them up the alley and then down that way," Pittman said. 

Much like Pittman and Jaggers, Taylor was reportedly fed up with speeders in his neighborhood. 

"I don't let my 8-year-old out here to play because they do fly up a lot. They run this stop sign all the time," Pittman said. 

Columbus Police found the driver of the car, Benjamin Anderson, 31, about an hour after the accident when a family member called police saying they thought he had hit something. 

Residents say they hope this will finally force speeders to stop at the stop signs.

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