“People hit and run people all the time, you see what I’m sayin?” Phocian Fitts told WSB. “So it’s like, it just happened to be an unfortunate situation where I was driving.”
The incident happened around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. 80-year-old Theodore Schwalb was walking across Commonwealth Avenue using the crosswalk when suddenly, a black 2019 Jeep Cherokee sped into the intersection and hit him, the Boston Globe reported.
“I heard a loud bang then I saw a person in the air,” a witness told WSB. “[He] had a pool of blood around his head. There was a registered nurse there and she had been working for 20 years. They were checking his pulse and checking his vitals and nothing.”
The driver of the Jeep, Phocian Fitts, immediately sped away not even stopping to check on the retired high school art teacher, the Boston Globe reported.
80-year-old Theodore Schwalb was rushed to a hospital in Brighton, where he was pronounced dead.
Police officers responded to the woman’s address, where she confirmed that the vehicle did in-fact belong to her.
The woman told police that her son Phocian Fitts was the last person to drive her Jeep and that he said he was acting nervous because he had “hit something,” the Boston Globe reported.
Police seized Mrs. Fitts’ vehicle, which had sustained damage to the windshield and front passenger fender.
Then they took 23-year-old Phocian Fitts into custody.
Upon arrival at the police station, Phocian Fitts asked a detective if the reason he was being interrogated was “because I left,” police said.
The officer informed Fitts that an attorney had already contacted them on his behalf and that he did not want Fitts to speak with the investigators.
Fitts was then released.
However, not long after that, the hit-and-run suspect decided to tell his story to WFXT reporters.
“I don’t take drugs, I wasn’t intoxicated,” Fitts rationalized in the interview. “But I was listening to my music, but as I’m driving, I’m driving too quick…to the point where it’s like I couldn’t really stop, but it was a green light.”
“So as, you know, as the guy was walking, the light is green, I’m driving, and I’m pressing the horn, pressing the horn,” he explained. “Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!”
Fitts then claimed that his own life was in danger.
“It was either I was gonna die and crash into a pole, so when it came down to it, man, accidents happen, man,” Fitts declared.
According to WSB, Fitts said he was not concerned about having killed Schwalb and fleeing the scene.
“Right now, I’m not worried about nothing. I’m not a stone-cold killer,” he said. “I didn’t do nothing on purpose.”
Despite the fatal consequences, Fitts stood by his decision to leave the area.
“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 OK,” Fitts said, according to WSB. “I’m a real gangster… 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. I know that’s why everybody got my back my family. I’m not scared. It is what it is.”
After police became aware of Fitts’ televised confession, they arrested him on charges of motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash, the Boston Globe reported.
Fitts pleaded not guilty to the offenses and bail has been set at $10,000.
You can watch Phocian Fitts’ interview in the video below:
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