OGDEN -- A 7:30 p.m. Monday auto-pedestrian accident at 700 North and Washington Boulevard left witnesses crying and shaking their heads as a 43-year-old man was carried off by ambulance.
Eric Taylor, who was with the man, said his friend, Michael Campos, ran into the street with his large dog, Duke.
"I couldn't stop him from running out there. He's a grown man. You can't stop a grown man."
Taylor said Duke stopped and broke his leash to get out of traffic, but his friend kept going.
"All I could do was stand there and watch it happen," he said.
The two were headed westbound to Walmart through a darkened intersection that does not have a crosswalk or a traffic light, Taylor said.
"All I could do is stand back and watch," he said.
He said the driver of the large truck that hit Campos did not have time to stop when Campos ran out in front of him.
"That could have happened to anybody. If someone jumps out in front of you, all you can do is put on your brakes."
Taylor said he believes the intersection needs a traffic light.
Police had a block of Washington Boulevard closed for at least two hours as they investigated.
"We've known each other since elementary school," Taylor said of Campos.
And he hung on to hopes that Campos would pull through.
"I know Mike. He will get better. He's a strong guy."
Another eyewitness, Tyler Hill, 14, said he saw a fair amount of blood coming from Campos' head after the accident.
"It didn't look like he was breathing for a minute, and then he started breathing," Tyler said.
He also voiced concerns about the intersection, saying his brother also got hit near there.
Another eyewitness who was driving through the intersection at the time of the accident said he saw Taylor try to stop Campos from running into the street.
Ogden police were not yet commenting on the accident Monday night as they continued the investigation.