Teresa Griner will never have the birthday dinner her son Thomas Woods planned.
"We were supposed to go out tonight," she said.
Griner and her family struggled with Woods' tragic death.
Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said he walked along Parsons Avenue in Seffner early Saturday morning when a vehicle struck him and knocked him to the side of the road and left. Woods was critically injured from the impact and died at the scene.
Deputies started searching for the driver.
"It was a relief, but it still didn't excuses what he did," said Griner.
Mac C. Joiner told deputies he saw Woods standing on the east side of the road, but was unable to avoid hitting him. He struck Woods with his pickup truck and knocked him into a grassy area and then left the scene.
After hearing stories about his death Joiner decided to turn himself in.
His family told FOX 13 off camera they were sorry and Joiner wished he could turn back time.
"For his mother I feel sorry for you, but that is all I can say right now," said Griner.
Joiner, 42, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and has a $15,000 bond.
After seeing damage from Joiner's truck, Woods' family questioned why he wouldn't stop.
"I think he was man enough to turn himself in, but still a coward at the same time for even leaving the scene it shouldn't of happened," said Woods' sister, Christy Robinson.
Now they will rely on memories to keep Woods' spirit alive.
"Thomas always tried. Sometimes it didn't work for him, but he'd get right back up. This time he is not going to get back up," added Griner.
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