Tripp Prevatt said he was jogging alongside 20-year-old Sabrina Bunn, training for an upcoming marathon, when she was hit by a car Wednesday night on Kernan Boulevard.
Prevatt said as he and Bunn tried to cross the merge lanes onto the Kernan overpass at Beach Boulevard, a car hit Bunn head-on.
"The car hit her straight forward, right in front of us, hit her from the front," Prevatt said. "Absolutely terrifying. I've been hit by a car and I've seen someone get hit by a car. I'd like to be hit than to see it. It doesn't get out of your head."
Prevatt said Bunn was knocked unconscious but regained consciousness before paramedics arrived. She was taken to UF Health Jacksonville.
Officers said the driver of the car didn't see the two joggers dressed in bright clothing at 6 p.m.
"Whenever he cut over, he said, 'I didn't see you guys,'" Prevatt said. "And we were like, 'We didn't see you either. We were just running.'"
Prevatt said the impact threw Bunn several feet in the opposite direction along the road. He said she was injured further when her head hit the pavement.
Bunn was listed in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesman.
Prevatt said he's learned a life lesson about the dangers of the road.
"Expect the unexpected, always be vigilant, always be looking out. Nowhere is safe," he said. "Regardless if you're on the sidewalk, something could happen, in the middle of the road, or even walking to your car out here. Nowhere is safe."