A pedestrian was struck by a car Friday morning at the intersection of Floribraska and Nebraska

TAMPA - Tampa police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who injured a pedestrian Friday morning.

Gavin Carter, 24, was struck by a car near the intersection of Floribraska and Nebraska avenues.

"I am very sore," said Carter, who was riding to the nearby Checker's to grab food.

It happened around 1:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, the driver of a silver Volkswagen Jetta with dark tinted windows was heading northbound on Nebraska Avenue and failed to negotiate a turn onto Floribraska Avenue. The driver ended up hopping onto the sidewalk, hitting Carter, who was riding on the sidewalk.

ABC Action News acquired surveillance video showing the driver speeding on North Nebraska Avenue and then making a wide left hand turn on to Floribraska Avenue.

Carter told ABC Action News he made a split decision right as the car came at him and that likely saved his life.

"I jumped up," Carter said.

"They ran him over, flipped over the car and then once he fell they took off," said Andrew Cotton, a witness who was on his lunch break.

Carter suffered injuries to his arm and head.

"The sign, the speed sign, hit him and cut across his eye and that was kind of scary because he was bleeding all across his face," Cotton said.

Cotton ran to help Carter.

"First thing I did was just rush to him. Like, 'Dude are you OK?' He was like, 'Yeah, call the ambulance.'  The man could have lost his life," Cotton added.

Carter was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and, according to his girlfriend, was released around 7 a.m.

Cotton told ABC Action News the intersection is dangerous and just last month he was also hit by a car on Nebraska Avenue. Friday morning's accident reportedly gave him flashbacks and goose bumps. Cotton explained that when he was hit, he suffered a broken rib and bruised hip.

"People leaving from Ybor City at night and this is like the next exit close to get on the highway. And they come around the corner speeding all the time," Cotton said.

ABC Action News requested from Tampa Police the number of accidents involving injuries at the intersection. Those numbers were not immediately available.

Cotton fears the intersection could become deadly and has a message for drivers.

"Be responsible," he said. "Be adult. You know that could have been somebody's father, somebody's brother. If you hit someone, have the heart to stop."

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