Family of 17-Year Old Hit and Run Victim Speaks Out

The city's most recent hit and run victim is still fighting for his life at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital.

Christian Carrillo, 17, was walking home from work Sunday morning when he was struck by a vehicle and left for dead on Ayers and Sunnybrook.

As you can imagine, Carrillo's parents are hurting for their son, and they are angry at the person responsible.

"Whoever did hit my son, God will punish you in the end, and I think you are a coward," said Misty Taylor, Christian's mother.

"They hurt a baby. He's only 17. He didn't have a chance to live yet, and this person is robbing him of his life," said Zeke Carrillo, Christian's father.

Police said the 17-year old was walking home from his job at CiCi's Pizza, after working a double shift, when he was hit by a vehicle just after 1 a.m. The teen was found lying on the road with massive head injuries by a passing motorist. That good samaritan stayed by Christian's side until help arrived.

The car that hit him did not stop, and Carrillo's family wants answers.

"It was probably an accident, and I give them that; but you didn't stop and you didn't help him, and there are consequences to be handled here," said Amanda Jackson, Christian's cousin. "You know there is justice for him. You know if he would have just stopped and called 911, you know we wouldn't be here where we are today."

Christian's parents asked our Kiii News crew to go to the second floor intensive care unit at Spohn Memorial to see first-hand how their son is battling for his life.

"I wanted to humanize it. I wanted you to see the damage that this person that hit him did to my son, and didn't stop, and it is a lot of trauma. A lot," Taylor said. "And if I could take the cameras back there so people could see, so the person that did it could see what they did to my kid, I would, but I don't want to humiliate my son like that."

Late Monday afternoon, police issued this statement:

"Corpus Christi police crash investigators are searching for a maroon Toyota Tacoma manufactured between 2006 and 2008 with front end damage, which may have been involved in this crash. Anyone with any information about this crash should call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477."

Adding to this tragedy, the family is financially strapped. They have no insurance and no resources. CiCi's Pizza, where Christian worked, will be accepting donations for his family starting Tuesday at its Ayers Street location. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

The family is also working on opening a bank account in Christian Carrillo's name.


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