A man hit crossing the road in Jacksonville Beach was saved by the man who hit him and it was all caught on camera.
Action News has the video from the crash in early February. The images are intense. Many of us drive down the street everyday, paying attention to our surroundings. For Brett Hicks, driving is now a little scarier. "He just ran out in front of the car. We didn't see him because there was a large suv behind the bus," said Hicks.
In the video, you see the victim, getting out of the bus on A1A in Jacksonville Beach. He appears to look left, but then he darts in front of Hicks' car. "He probably glanced to the left real quick and to the right and as glancing to the right, he decided to run and hit the passenger side of the windshield," said Hicks.
Hicks didn’t drive off though. "I jumped out of the car and ran next to him. He was laying on his side curled over. I yelled for someone to call 911," said Hicks.
Police say Hicks saved the man's life. "the paramedic told me to cut his shirt off so I did that. I just basically sat there and held his hand for a little bit and had to stabilize his head until they got the brace on him," said Hicks.
Hicks says it serves as a reminder to everyone driving and crossing the road. "I just hope people pay attention you never know what can happen," said Hicks.
The night of the crash, police told Action News the the man hit was in critical condition and might not even survive. Hicks tells Action News he's been in contact with the victim's family. We're told the victims is in a wheel chair, paralyzed from the waist down and had a broken back and bruises on his brain.
According to the FHP, 31 pedestrians were killed in Jacksonville last year alone.