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Man on life support after hit and run in Little Rock; witnesses call it 'intentional'

Justin Duft is on life support at Baptist Health following a hit-and-run on Chenal Parkway. (Photos courtesy: Jason Duft)

A 19-year-old in Little Rock is fighting to survive after police say he was intentionally run over.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called out to the 13000 block of Chenal Parkway in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon.

"They observed a white male later identified as Justin Duft lying on the ground with injuries, unresponsive,” said Lt. Michael Ford, public information officer for the Little Rock Police Department.

According to a police report, a witness told detectives 19-year-old Justin Duft and 20-year-old Nathan Schneider got into a fight.

The female witness told detectives that Duft started punching Schneider in the face “multiple times,” and that's when Schneider put his SUV in reverse, hitting Duft, catching his legs in the side of the vehicle.

While it was in reverse, the witness said Schneider put it back into drive and completely ran over Duft again.

"From interviewing some of the witnesses that were on scene that saw the incident, detectives had gathered information and believe that this may not have been an accident,” said Ford. “This may have been something intentional he was trying to do."

After he was run over for the second time, the witness says Schneider then sped away from the scene.

As of Wednesday night, LRPD detectives were still trying to track him down.

Schneider was driving a silver 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Duft’s father tells Channel 7 the 19-year-old is at Baptist Health on life support.

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