He just wanted to get it off his chest.
That is what a friend of 39-year old Eric Daniel Acevedo told Corpus Christi police, according to an arrest affidavit.
Acevedo is suspected of being behind the wheel of the truck that critically injured 17-year old Christian Carrillo 11 days ago.
The arrest affidavit includes a $1 million bond set by Justice of the Peace Joe Benavidez, along with detailed information of what unfolded in the early-morning hours of March 3.
In handcuffs, Acevedo was escorted by two Corpus Christi police officers into the City Detention Center Wednesday afternoon, after a warrant was issued for his arrest at his place of employment, the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
The arrest affidavit says that Acevedo told a friend he was behind the wheel of his Toyota Truck, which critically injured 17-year old Carrillo as he walked along Ayers Street near Sunnybrook. That accident happened in the early-morning hours of March 3 as Carrillo was on his way home from work.
Three days after the hit and run, Acevedo and his attorney went to police headquarters to inform them where the suspect vehicle could be found. That afternoon, a search warrant was issued and the maroon Toyota Tacoma was confiscated.
According to the arrest affidavit, an unnamed friend of Acevedo told police that Acevedo had told him that he just wanted to get it off his chest.
On Wednesday, Carrillo's family responded to the arrest.
"At least he's being a man about it," said Douglas Grimes, Carrillo's uncle. "At least he's being a man about it."
"I'd like him to come meet Christian, just to see what he did," said Misty Taylor, Carrillo's mother. "I'd like him to come see what he did. Let that man's mom come see. His family. Nobody has been up here to offer their support from his family, to say I'm sorry for what happened."
Carrillo's family said they have been overwhelmed by the outpour of support, prayers and encouragement from the community. They say they are truly grateful.
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