A bouncer injured in a hit-and-run on the early-morning of August 29 appears to have been intentionally run over, according to police reports. Douglas Berube, 42, was working outside of Silks, a club in Palm Harbor, when he reportedly broke up a fight involving 29-year-old Jacques Ayyub. In the aftermath, Ayyub climbed into a car and ran over Berube, causing serious injuries, before fleeing the scene. Ayyub has not been charged, but claims that he was acting in self-defense. The investigation is still in progress.
This is an unusual case, as Berube seems to be cooperating with authorities and isn’t claiming to have been uninvolved in the incident. The question of intent to harm vs. self-defense remains to be answered, and will have a major effect on the outcome of the case.
Being involved in a hit-and-run is very serious. Even if the collision itself is unintentional, the fact of leaving the scene of an accident demonstrates intent, and will likely lead to criminal charges. The accepted form of conduct after an accident is to stop, exchange information and summon medical help if needed.
When you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, it’s important to gather sufficient information for use in a police investigation, as well as for the purposes of any legal action you might need to take. Ideally, you’ll want information from witnesses who may have seen the accident take place, since you likely won’t be able to take down a license plate number or even a good description of the vehicle. You’ll also want to be examined by a medical professional right away to determine the extent of your injuries. Particularly if the other driver was behaving negligently, a clear and thorough record of all aspects of the accident and its aftermath will be essential as you pursue damages.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, whether the person who hit you did so intentionally or not, seek the guidance of a knowledgeable and dedicated auto accident lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh in Bradenton.