Police originally arrested Luis Negron, 33, of Hartford, on Thursday on charges including windshield requirements, for window tinting, wiper obstruction and operating under suspension.
Friday, the manslaughter charge was added and his bond was raised to $700,000.
"He's more than a suspect. He'll be presented on those charges. That's why we're here," said Gerald Klein, Negron's attorney.
Carmine Giuliano, his co-defense attorney, said Negron is alleged to be the driver. Negron is a barber on Broad Street which is near the location of the incident last May.
Giuliano said he believes Negron confessed but doesn't know for sure.
“It was a team effort between the community and the Hartford Police Department that allowed us to bring this case together. I sincerely hope this arrest will bring the Torres family one step closer toward closure,” Chief Daryl K Roberts said.
The charges came while Torres’ family attended his funeral.
"We asked my father to help us out, help us with justice. We bury him today, we didn't know he was going to work that fast," said Torres' son, Angel Arce.
"I never had any doubt they wouldn't come through on the situation," said Hector Pacheco, a family friend.
The almost yearlong road leading to the arrest in the case began on May 30, 2008, as Torres crossed Park Street in Hartford, walking home from doing an errand.
A driver sped down the street, veered across the yellow line, hit him and drove off. Seconds later, a second car hit Torres, knocking him to the ground.
The blow altered life for the father of seven, grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of 33, to the point he was left paralyzed and had to be put on life support.
Monday, Torres’ family made the heart-breaking decision to take him off life support at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain on Monday. He died of bronchial pneumonia and a spinal cord injury, according to the medical examiner’s report.
In the aftermath of Torres’ death, Hartford Police Department received fresh information about the case that led to Negron’s arrest.
Thursday, police got the break they were waiting for as they questioned another man about another crime.
He told them his family member had confessed to hitting Torres, police sources told NBC Connecticut Thursday. Late Thursday night, that man confessed, sources said.