Victim of near fatal hit-and-run speaks out

St. Petersburg, Florida — Only on 10 News a family needs your help this evening after investigators say a man was purposefully run over.

It's a crash that could have killed him.

It all happened at Silks Gentleman's club on US 19 in Palm Harbor early Friday morning.

Now new pictures have been released identifying the man investigators say was behind the wheel.

In an interview you'll only see on 10 news, we sat down with the victim, still in his hospital bed, who doesn't know if he'll ever walk again.

"I can't do's not fair," Doug Berube said through tears from his hospital bed. "I just want that guy to get arrested."

Florida Highway Patrol Officers said Berube was purposely run over by a car Friday.

"What was the purpose of running me over and killing me, or wrecking my life for the rest of my life?" Berube asked.

Doug works security at Silks Gentleman's Club in Palm Harbor. He said he approached a man at the club Friday after the man's friend pulled a gun at the club.

"And the next minute I knew, he put it in reverse and ran me over twice and I don't know if I'm gonna walk again."

And though Doug doesn't know when or if he'll ever walk again, he says stricter hit-and-run laws that went into effect last month aren't tough enough.

"This guy's out there free, driving around, doing whatever he wants right now," Berube said.

The new law imposes a mandatory minimum prison term of four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person, increases the mandatory prison term from two to four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person while driving under the influence, and imposes a minimum driver license revocation period of at least three years.

As Doug recovers, he and his girlfriend Elizabeth are asking for your help.

"He has destroyed this family," Berube's girlfriend Elizabeth Lopez said. "All, I'm asking is just turn yourself in, please."

If you've seen the man pictured in this article, you're urged to contact Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020.

"Turn him in. I mean there was no reason to do this, we could have just talked about it," Berube said from his bed. "Now I have no clue when I'm gonna walk."

Read the new hit-and-run-law here

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