An eyewitness is shaken up after trying to help a bicyclist hit by a car on the Westside Friday night.
Troopers say the crash at 5:30 p.m. near Normandy Boulevard and Parrish Cemetery Road.
The cyclist, identified as 58-year-old Tony Chaffin, was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
K.G. Hall witnessed the crash happen, and tells First Coast News that it's something he'll never forget.
“It’s real nerve-wracking seeing him take the last breath, and just hearing that noise – that’s something you just don’t forget,” Hall says.
A 2016 Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on Normandy Boulevard when it collided with Chaffin, who was crossing the eastbound lanes of Normandy from south to north causing the crash.
He says the crash was so loud it sounded like two cars colliding.
“I heard the boom, ran over there and checked his vitals and that was it,” K.G. Hall says. “I can’t say for sure but I checked his pulse... and the blood... I don’t think he’s alive.”
He says said the cyclist appeared to try to cross the busy, dark road without looking.
“For bicyclists, it’s very dangerous," Hall says. "It’s very dark, there’s no light. If you’re not careful... it could happen again.”