A little boy is alive, in stable condition, thanks to the quick thinking of his late father.
Police say that around 11 p.m. Wednesday, a 5-year-old boy and his father, Michael Romano, 43, were crossing Roosevelt Boulevard at Rhawn Street in Northeast Philadelphia when a car sped through the intersection, hitting and killing Romano before fleeing the scene.
The impact of the crash threw the man down the block toward Loney street.
Witnesses told police Romano saved his son’s life by getting him out of the way to take the brunt of the fatal crash.
“He pushed his son out of the way. The car hit him, but kept going,” witness Joe Greer told NBC10’s Jesse Gary.
Roderick Williams, 21, was stopped minutes later on Borbeck and the Boulevard by an off-duty 2nd District officer who witnessed the accident. He was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence.
Williams was already on probation for a first offense DUI at the time of the accident, according to court records.
Police tell NBC10 that Williams was charged with DUI Thursday as well as Homicide by Vehicle and other related offenses.
The 5-year-old boy is in stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital.
via Dad Sacrifices His Life to Save Son From Hit-and-Run | NBC 10 Philadelphia.