The family of 17-year old Christian Carrillo, who is now on life support after being the victim of a hit and run, has seen an outpouring of support from the community.
Carrillo was struck by a vehicle as he walked home from work in the early morning hours this past Sunday. He had to undergo an emergency procedure Monday night to remove blood from his lungs, and now remains on life support. He suffers from multiple broken bones and swelling of the brain.
However, there has been some good news.
"We have a few leads that we're following up on," said Captain Mark Gutierrez of the Corpus Christi Police Department's traffic division. "We have gotten a couple of tips that have been called in. There was a piece of evidence that was left at the scene that we're following up on, and we were able to get some additional evidence that was left at the scene; and right now, as it stands, we're aggressively following up on every lead that we've got."
Tips continue to pour in to the CCPD crash investigators. They are looking for a maroon Toyota Tacoma manufactured between 2006 and 2008, with front-end damage. They believe this vehicle may have been involved in the hit and run.
In the meantime, across town, managers at the CiCi's Pizza on Ayers, where Carrillo worked, have set up a plastic jug to take donations, and by the looks of things, help is pouring in.
One woman and her husband drove in from Alice to make a donation on Tuesday.
"We really felt bad that this had happened to this boy," said Veronica Torres, who made a donation on Tuesday. "I have worked when I was in school, and I would walk home sometimes, you know, and thank God I never got hit by a car; but for a teenager to put effort in working to provide food for him or his family during school, and then for somebody to hit him and then and they don't even bother to stop to see if he's okay. that's really bad."
Corpus Christi traffic investigators said that the additional piece of information left at the scene is a part of the trucks bumper. Knowing that, police are asking the person responsible to turn themselves in and explain why they fled the scene. As the officer put it, it would be in that person's best interest to do so.
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