NEW CANEY, Texas (FOX 26) -- A woman in New Caney is grieving the loss of her only son after investigators said a vehicle struck him and the driver left him on the side of the road to die.
Prosecutors said the driver surrendered to law enforcement almost twelve hours later and is now in custody. Charges are expected to be filed on Monday.
Taisha Givens is still trying to process her emotions after learning on Sunday morning that her 17-year-old son, Joshua Givens, had been killed in a hit-and-run accident shortly after midnight.
"That’s my only son," said Taisha. "I don’t have nobody else. That’s my only son I have and he was a great kid. He was so bright."
"He was graduating next year and I'll never get to see my son walk across the stage," added Taisha. "I’ll never get any of those because a coward took him from me and just left him in a watery ditch."
Investigators said a jogger spotted the New Caney High School junior's body lying in a ditch on McCleskey near Penny Road. That jogged called 911.
Taisha said Joshua was at a quinceanera party on Saturday night at a park just ten minutes from their home. Less than an hour before the deadly accident, Joshua called his mother to tell her that he was heading home soon.
"I fell asleep waiting up for him and at 4:00 this morning is when I got the knock on my door that I have to bury my 17-year-old son," said Taisha.
"If you are involved in a crash, you owe a legal and moral obligation to stop and help that individual," said Wesley LeRouax, a prosecutor with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
LeRouax said the driver, 23-year-old Logan Foster, turned himself into the Texas Department of Public Safety midday on Sunday, almost twelve hours after the accident.
Investigators said Foster will now be charged with failure to stop and render aid, a second degree felony.
"It's punishable anywhere between two to 20 years, it's the same penalty range as intoxication manslaughter because the legislature recognizes that if you're going to hit and kill somebody and flee the scene, that’s just as egregious," said LeRouax.
"It gives me some closure and helps a little, but it wont take away the fact that I have to go to bed tonight and knowing that my son is laying in a morgue instead of in his warm bed," said Taisha. She also said Joshua played football and had aspirations to head to to the University of St. Thomas in Houston and become an accountant.
The New Caney Independent School District released the following statement in response to Joshua's death:
It is with deep sadness that New Caney ISD learned of the passing of New Caney High School student Joshua Givens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Additional counselors will be made available this week for students as needed.