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Victim speaks after being hit by truck for feeding cats

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By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

It's an alarming story that has a lot of people asking questions after a Lincoln man was hit by a truck for trying to feed feral cats.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows a white pickup truck backing up and then hitting Christopher, knocking him to the ground.

"I turned slightly to my right to see how they were doing. That's when I saw something white just zoom out of nowhere and my ears heard it and both connected and I kind of hugged myself to get ready for the impact," Christopher said.

Concerned for his safety, Christopher didn't want to give out his last  name. But he did tell us he knew the man police say hit him, Anthony Whitney.

Christopher works the "Cat House" to feed feral cats, to later trap and spay or neuter the animals. He says Whitney has approached him before by usually kicking at the food and cats. But this time, it went a little further.

"I stood between me and the cats and he was trying to get around and I thought ok, I'm gonna make a stand here because these cats need some protection," Christopher said.

That's when Christopher was hit. Whitney was arrested for second degree assault Wednesday and later posted bond. Christopher says that won't stop him from going back to the scrap yard and taking care of the cats.

"Since the incident happened, I've gone down there and tried to feed the cats, pick up the trash around the area and try to keep it nice and clean for them," Christopher said.

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