CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A student was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle in east Charlotte Monday afternoon.
Ammar Sweet’s car was sideswiped triggering the pedestrian accident.
"I don’t know what he was thinking. He was trying to merge into my lane, and hit me. (He then) swerved on the sidewalk and hit the pedestrian," said Sweet.
Isaiah Peterson was walking down the sidewalk a few feet from East Meck High School when he was struck.
His best friend was with him and tried to pull him out of the way.
"He was trying to decide which way to go. By that time the car had hit him, smashed his head into the windshield. (He) flipped very high into the air and hit the ground really hard. You can see his skull from the back of his head," said the friend who did not want to be identified.
Sweet says Isaiah never saw it coming.
“He was hit from the back and that's the sad part. He couldn't get a chance to brace himself, you know," Sweet said.
The 15-year-old is expected to be ok, but he suffers from a broken leg, abrasions and head injuries.
"It’s tough just to be there and watch your best friend get hit by a car. Nobody imagines that," said Sweet.
Police say that 74-year-old Richard Cromwell was driving the other car. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the accident.
Investigators plan to charge Cromwell, but are still working on the specifics.