Updated with arraignment info.
Fitts was held in lieu of $10,000 bail at his arraignment today in Brighton Municipal Court and had his license suspended by the RMV, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Police say Schwalb was crossing Commonwealth Avenue at Griggs Street around 12:50 p.m. when Fitts hit him with his Jeep, then drove away.
Although police caught up with Fitts fairly quickly at his home on Fidelis Way, where he'd parked the now damaged Jeep, registered to another family member, they did not initially arrest him because they were unsure if he was the driver. But then WFXT aired an interview with him in which he admitted hitting Schwalb - with a green light but while speeding.
Based on those admissions - which corroborated physical evidence, witness interviews, and other information gathered through the afternoon and into the night - Boston Police placed Fitts under arrest at approximately 10:30 p.m.
The evidence included dash-camera video from the driver of a vehicle behind Fitts, the DA's office reports:
Among those witnesses was the driver of a vehicle traveling behind the Jeep who provided video footage from a dashboard camera. The footage showed that the Jeep did not brake before or after the fatal collision.
In the interview, Fitts said he had the green light and he had to decide between hitting the man or dying himself by swerving into something.
“Accidents happen...people hit and run people all the time.” Driver making no apologies in hit & run crash that killed 80 year old man in Commonwealth Ave crosswalk #Boston25 EXCLUSIVE coming up pic.twitter.com/TPkbDN4yg6
— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) June 7, 2018
Police continue to seek witnesses: Contact detectives at 617-343-4470.