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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro man is in critical condition after allegedly being hit by a car.

The waitresses at Beverly’s Pancake House call him 'The Wrestling Man.'

“He loved wrestling.  And so we called him our wrestling man.  Anything we wanted to know about Monday night RAW or anything, he knew it,” said Elisha Cansler.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, another waitress discovered him in the roadway on Independence, just north of Northwest Expressway.

“I was walking out, taking out my trash, and I noticed something out in the street.  And I just kept looking at it and I knew that it looked like a trash bag, but it was somebody laying there,” said Camilla Brown.

Brown stayed with the man so that no other cars would hit him.

“Held his hand and took my apron off and put it over him until the cops and ambulance got there,” said Brown.

All the waitresses at Beverly’s know him. They say he comes in just about every day.

They tell us he possibly has some special needs or a mental health issue. They also say he can’t see very well, but that he usually walks everywhere.

“When we’d come in to work or we’d leave work, we’d see him walking these streets.  I mean, a lot of people around here knew him just for him walking the streets,” said Cansler.

Oklahoma City police were working on a possible lead Tuesday morning.

“Investigators, a short time later in the morning, came across somebody that they believe was involved in the crash.  That person was interviewed and subsequently released pending the investigation,” said Master Sergeant Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The waitresses at Beverly’s say, while they didn’t know his real name, he is a person who didn’t deserve to be left in the road to die.

“He might’ve not been all there.  But he was a really nice guy you know.  He didn’t mean any harm to anybody.  He was just a nice going guy.  It’s pretty upsetting,” said Cansler.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

If you have any information, call Oklahoma City Crimestoppers at 405-235-7300.