Family apologizes after hit and run driver, Mac Joiner, turns himself in

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Seffner, Florida -- A mother's plea has been answered after Hillsborough County deputies said the driver who hit and killed her son identified himself.

"I am relieved he turned himself in, but that does not bring my son back," said mother Teresa Griner.

Griner's only son, 25-year-old Thomas Woods, was hit after midnight on Saturday. It happened on South Parsons Avenue and Old East Hillsborough Avenue in Seffner. Woods was walking along there after hanging out with some friends when a driver struck him and kept driving away.

Detectives found a piece of a aqua colored vehicle part near where Woods' body was found.

On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., 42-year-old Mac Joiner turned himself into the Orient Road Jail and said he was the driver who hit and killed Woods. He said he was driving his 1995 Blue Doge Dakota pick-up truck northbound on South Parsons Avenue.

Deputies said Joiner told them he saw Woods on the side of the road, but by then it was too late and he could not avoid hitting him.

10 News spoke off camera to Joiner's stepfather and mother. They live at the address in Seffner where deputies listed his current address. They told 10 News they were all devastated and "terribly sorry for what happened." They said to send their deepest apologies to Woods' family.

"I know they are sorry but that does not excuse what he did," said Griner while holding a picture of her son.

Detectives said Joiner was aware of the massive media attention to find the driver and elected to turn himself in. His parents went with him to the jail Saturday night.

Joiner has been charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving a death. 

Woods' family believes there should be more charges for the death of their son.

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