Parents speak after ex-girlfriend is accused of running over their son with truck on I-4

Deputies arrest the woman who was allegedly drunk
Posted at 10:30 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 00:27:54-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- A 47-year-old man remains at a local hospital after deputies said his ex-girlfriend hit him with her truck on Thursday night.

His parents said their son, Tommy Barrett, remains hooked up to tubes and machines in a hospital's intensive care unit.

"Just to run him over, it's mind-boggling. I can't understand what would possess a person to do that," said Tommy's father, Kenneth Barrett, Sr.

RELATED: Drunk driver intentionally runs over man on I-4 after argument, deputies say

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Alicia Belcher for driving under the influence, DUI with serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Deputies said the victim and Belcher were traveling eastbound on I-4 when they started arguing. Belcher stopped the vehicle and the victim exited the truck.

Deputies said Belcher crossed over all three lanes of traffic and intentionally struck the victim with her vehicle and left the scene.

Witnesses called 911. ABC Action News listened to the audio recordings.

In one 911 call, the caller told a dispatcher he was following the driver who hit the man.

"Going eastbound right before you enter 92. I'm following her. I took the exit," said the caller.

Another caller told a dispatcher, "Kind of upsetting to see...I can't believe the person just kept driving and ran him over."

Barrett's family said they are grateful to the people who saw the woman hit their son and called for help.

"It is real hard to see. He's really messed up. It doesn't look like him. He's all swollen," said the victim's mother, Lisa Barrett.

"My son would probably be sitting on the side of the road or probably died on the side of the road without their help and their actions," said the victim's father.

Barrett needed numerous staples and surgeries. His parents said he has several injuries including broken ribs, damage to his bladder and pelvic fractures.

"The financial responsibility will be unlimited, really. He was a construction worker," said Tommy's father.

The family is faced with mounting medical bills. A family member has set up a GoFundMe page to help Tommy with his medical bills.

His parents do not know when he will be able to leave the hospital.

Belcher has bonded out of jail.