BOSTON — The driver who admitted to Boston 25 News that he hit and killed a man on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston has been arrested.
Phocian Fitts, 23, was very straight forward in confessing that he did in fact take off from the scene after police said he hit an 80-year-old man in a crosswalk.
Sources told Boston 25 News that police arrested Fitts shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, moments after he admitted to driving away from the scene on an exclusive Boston 25 News report.
According to those sources, officials initially did not have enough to charge Fitts based on his limited statements during police questioning.
In court Thursday morning, Fitts was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death and motor vehicle manslaughter.
Fitts' confession to Boston 25 News was mentioned in court as evidence.
Court paperwork identified the victim as a man who lived in the South End named Theodore Schwalb.
Fitts is already on federal probation for assaulting a mailman in 2014, according to court documents.
Police said they identified him as a suspect using dash cam footage from another driver.
Fitts says he's not worried about the on-going investigation and repeatedly stated that "accidents happen."
"Right now I’m not worried about nothing, I’m not a stone cold killer, I didn’t do nothing on purpose," said Fitts. “People hit and run people all the time."
Just hours after the incident, Fitts told Boston 25 News he was the one behind the wheel.
"It wasn’t intentional," said Fitts. "Accidents happen all the time, it was an accident."
When Fitts spoke to Boston 25 News Wednesday evening, he was still wearing the disposable suit given to him during police questioning after his clothes were seized as potential evidence.
Phocian Fitts stands firmly stands behind his decision to keep driving, even after he hit a man in broad daylight.
"First off I was scared and worried because I didn't know what can happen that's why I left I said, 'God forbid I hope he's okay,'" said Fitts.
The 80-year-old man struck by Fitts' Jeep was transported to a local hospital, but later died from his injuries.
"I was listening to my music and as I was driving I was driving too quick, I was driving too quick to the point where I couldn't really stop and it was a green light," said Fitts. "As the guy was walking, the light was green, I'm driving and pressing the horn, 'beep beep' - it was either I was going to die and crash into a pole when it came down to it."
Fitts was taken into custody less than one mile from the scene, at the Brighton Housing Community where he lives with his mother.
There, investigators carefully examined Fitt's Jeep, before towing it away for further processing.
"They release me because I'm not guilty," said Fitts. "I'm a real gangster, not in a bad way, I'm a gangster because I help out the community and I look out for the youth."
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