September 4, 2013 Dinwiddie County Virginia (NBC12) – A frail 70-year-old man known for his long hikes to gather aluminum cans and other items died Tuesday after he was bludgeoned and left lying in the yard of a vacant home, authorities said.
Carter Bascon Northington was found Monday evening lying in a yard in the 23000 block of Cox Road in rural Dinwiddie County, about 3 miles from his home.
He was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg and then to VCU Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
“The man walked everywhere,” said one of his neighbors, Deborah Barksdale, who was so troubled by the news that she said she had goose bumps on her arm. “He was an easy target. He didn’t look like he could defend himself.”
Residents of the Dinwiddie community reacted with shock to hear what had become of Northington, who was known by some of the local kids as the “can man” because he was so often seen walking along the roads searching for cans and using a stick to rummage through Dumpsters for items he deemed valuable.
Neighbors described Northington as somewhat reclusive and said he would shuffle along the roads with a limping gait, often walking from his home in the 25000 block of Grant Avenue to the Westgate Square shopping center, where he would search trash bins near a Food Lion.
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