TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s difficult for Tommy Barrett’s family to see him like this. A once vibrant man is now in a hospital bed, hooked up to tubes and machines.
“I just want him to be good,” said his mom, Lisa Barrett. “He’s a good guy. He doesn’t deserve this. He’s kind. He’s nice. He’s a really good guy and it’s not fair.”
Barrett was with Alicia Belcher Thursday night when they got into an argument while driving on I-4 near the Florida State Fairgrounds.
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Granit, Barrett got out of the Ford F-150. That’s when Belcher crossed three lanes and ran him over.
She’s accused of driving off.
Detectives said she had a blood alcohol level of .219.
“And I’m still behind her. She’s still on 92. We’re still on 92,” a 911 caller said.
That eyewitness followed and several others called for help.
Barrett’s family members, who are in Florida from Maryland and South Carolina, are grateful for those who called.
“Without you, he would have probably been sitting on the road for who knows how long,” said his dad, Kenneth Barrett, Sr.
“I’d like to thank all the people involved in witnessing this.”
Belcher bonded out of jail.
The family is trying to keep the focus on their son and brother, who’s already undergone several hours of surgery and has a long road ahead.
“It was pretty tough because me and my brother Tommy are only 10 months apart. So we are very close, so it’s tough and I’m praying for my brother,” said Donnie Barrett.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses.