Apr 5, 2013 12:14 PM by Elizabeth Noyola
CORPUS CHRISTI - The teen critically injured by a hit and run driver on Ayers just over a month ago is continuing to recover. The family of 17-year-old Christian Carrillo shared a picture taken in his hospital room as his grandmother visited.
Christian is now off life support and is able to breathe on his own. The tubes in his lungs have been removed and the pnuemonia and other infections are gone.
However, he did recently have a stroke and is unable to move one side of his body. We're told the swelling in his brain has caused several problems. His thinking is delayed, but he is making progress.
Right now, Christian is trying to relearn how to swallow. Once he is able to do that Christian and his mother will go to a neuro rehab center in Austin to continue his recovery. The family is looking at the possibility of 2 years in rehab and a lifetime of care for Christian.
The family is asking for donations to help with the overwhelming expenses. You can donate at any Frost Bank under Misty Taylor's account.
Meanwhile, the driver accused of hitting Christian is out on bond. Eric Acevedo was arrested almost a month ago.
Investigators believe Acevedo was out at a club the night of the crash. Carrillo has just left his job at CiCi's Pizza and was walking home at 1 a.m. He was hit, only to be found about an hour later by a passerby.
Acevedo came in with an attorney to meet with police a few days afterwards, but according to court documents, it was information from a friend that provided enough evidence to charge Acevedo.