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UPDATE: Hit and run victim still in critical

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2013 04:30 PM CST

Posted By:  Camila Orti
Corti@klkntv.com

63–year–old Marvin Archer is still fighting for his life after getting hit by a car as he was crossing West O Street near the Harris Over pass Friday night.

Staff at the People's City Mission, where Archer is living, say he's slowly recovering, but still sedated and in critical condition.

"He's doing pretty well, it looks like right now he should pull out of this," Pastor Tom Barber said.

Something that wasn't a guarantee at the time of the accident.  Witnesses who wanted to remain anonymous said the driver was speeding when he slammed into Archer.

"I was coming off the bridge here on West O, and he tried racing me or something. I just seen something to flying and I thought it was a bag of clothes cause there's 2 people walking across the street."

Police arrested 25–year–old Grant Siggins for Driving While Intoxicated resulting in Serious Injury.  The mission staff say Archer has been in and out of the mission for the past six years.

"He's definitely a very likeable guy, gets along well with everyone,"  Brett Anderson said.

Forming plenty of friendships along the way...

"Some of the younger ones I know kind of look up to him and respect him."

Staff say it's a relief to know that archer has a good chance of surviving this.

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Posted By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

November 9, 2013

It was an emotional night for some witnesses Friday. We spoke with two who wish to remain anonymous and they claim the driver of the Ford Mustang was acting recklessly.

"I was coming off the bridge here on West O, and he tried racing me or something. I just seen something to flying and I thought it was a bag of clothes cause there's 2 people walking across the street," they said.

It wasn't a bag of clothes, it was 63-year-old man and he was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"The investigation shows that the vehicle was west bound, witnesses estimated at a high rate of speed when it struck the north bound pedestrian," Capt. Jim Davidsaver said.

Police said the 63–year–old pedestrian was not using the crosswalk at the time of the accident. Now, the driver is behind bars. 25-year-old Grant Siggins was arrested for a felony charge of driving while intoxicated resulting in serious injury.

"Officers had reason to believe that he was impaired even though he refused to submit to a preliminary breath test and the formal breath test," Davidsaver said.

Witnesses said Siggins continued to drive down O Street after hitting the man and when he came back, they said he claimed to be the passenger and the driver took off.

"Which none of that happened cause I was right there, yeah we watched it all. To know the guy was lying about it, the driver that hit the pedestrian, that's just awful," witnesses said.

Police are still investigating the incident, but they said Siggins is in fact the driver and he is in custody.

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