Monday, August 31, 2015

Cops: Man dies saving son from DUI driver

In the last moments of Michael Romano's life, he thought only of his son.

Cops: Man dies saving son from DUI driver

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In the last moments of Michael Romano's life, he thought only of his son.

Romano, 43, and his 5-year-old boy were crossing in the middle of a block on Roosevelt Boulevard near Loney Street in Rhawnhurst around 10:52 p.m. Wednesday at the same time Roderick Williams, 22, was driving down the boulevard drunk, according to police.

Williams struck Romano, but Romano was able to push his son to safety before impact, police said. Instead of stopping to help the pair, Williams fled the scene, according to police.

An off-duty police officer was able to pull Williams over about three blocks away.

Williams, of 23rd Street near Indiana Avenue, was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and related offenses, according to police.

Romano, of Sylvester Street near Longshore Avenue, was pronounced dead on scene at 11 p.m.

This marks the second hit-and-run death on Roosevelt Boulevard this week. Around 2:08 a.m. Sunday, a man who was crossing the boulevard at Hartel Street was struck by a hit-and-run driver who has yet to be identified.

The victim in that case has yet to be identified as well. He is described as a 25-to-35-year-old white man.

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