New Port Richey, Florida -- A 12-year-old girl is recovering at home after being hit by car while she was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk.
The driver took off, dragging her bicycle with him, while she flew into the air and fell.
It happened on Friday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. off Highway 19 and Avery Road. The driver came out of a driveway next to Leaders Casual Furniture.
Brena Carter was riding to Sims Park in New Port Richey, which is only five minutes driving distance from her home.
"I saw his eyes right before I was almost to the other sidewalk crossing the driveway," said Carter, as her arm was held in a sling.
She said she thought he would slow down.
"I looked him dead in the eyes, because I freaked out, because usually you hear when someone slows down, and instead I heard the engine rev, so I turned and he looked me dead in the eyes and hit me," said Carter.
Carter was unable to stand up and called her mother.
"It was really bad. I thought my daughter was going to be paralyzed or dead," said Carter's mother, Kimberly Costelli.
Costelli arrived before the ambulance did.
"She was lying there holding her arm, barely able to move," said Costelli. "He shattered her elbow. The paramedics said she is so lucky and they were expecting much worse injuries, especially because she was not even wearing a helmet, which she should have been. And what gets me is she was on the sidewalk!"
Costelli wants to find the driver. Florida Highway Patrol say he was driving a burgundy, late model Toyota Camry.
If you have any information call FHP at 813-631-4020.