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Man saves his son, but is killed by motorist

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An al­leged drunk­en driver ran down and killed a Castor Gar­dens man on Roosevelt Boulevard on Aug. 29 after the ped­es­tri­an vic­tim pushed his 5-year-old son out of the path of the deadly mo­tor­ist.

Mi­chael Ro­mano, 43, of the 6900 block of Sylvester St., and his young son were walk­ing across the 12-lane state high­way mid-block near Lo­ney Street at about 10:52 p.m., po­lice said, when the south­bound 2000 Chevy Im­pala struck the eld­er Ro­mano fatally.

Just be­fore the im­pact, the fath­er shoved the boy “out of the way,” po­lice said. The son, whose name was not re­leased, suffered an in­jury to his right ear as a res­ult of the shove, but was not struck.

Po­lice said that the car’s driver, Ro­d­er­ick Wil­li­ams, 22, of the 3000 block of N. 23rd St., failed to stop at the scene and turned west­bound on Borbe­ck Av­en­ue. But an off-duty po­lice of­ficer who wit­nessed the in­cid­ent stopped the flee­ing vehicle and took the driver in­to cus­tody.

Para­med­ics pro­nounced Ro­mano dead at the scene. His son was treated at St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren and re­leased.

Po­lice did not dis­close Wil­li­ams’ blood-al­co­hol level, but court re­cords show that he has a his­tory of drunk­en driv­ing. Wil­li­ams pleaded guilty on March 21 to drunk­en driv­ing and crim­in­al mis­chief charges re­lated to his ar­rest last Sept. 11. A judge sen­tenced him to serve two years pro­ba­tion, pay a $300 fine and at­tend Al­co­hol High­way Safety School. His li­cense was not sus­pen­ded.

Wil­li­ams agreed to pay the court $35 a month, but he nev­er made a pay­ment, court re­cords show.

Wil­li­ams is be­ing held in the city’s Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity without bail for vi­ol­at­ing his pro­ba­tion and on new charges of hom­icide by vehicle while DUI, in­vol­un­tary man­slaughter, DUI, as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and re­lated of­fenses.

Ro­mano’s death oc­curred three days after a hit-and-run driver killed an­oth­er ped­es­tri­an on the Boulevard. The uniden­ti­fied mo­tor­ist re­mains at large.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied that vic­tim as Richard Far­rell, 41, of the 3200 block of Brighton St. He was cross­ing the Boulevard at Har­tel Street on Aug. 26 at 2:14 a.m. when a north­bound Chrysler 300 struck him. Far­rell died at the scene.

Ac­ci­dent in­vest­ig­at­ors are un­sure of the col­or of the strik­ing vehicle, but they de­scribe it as a 2004-2010 mod­el with a miss­ing side-view mir­ror from the driver’s side. It may have dam­age to the hood, wind­shield and driver’s side win­dow.

Call po­lice at 215-685-3181 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the Aug. 26 in­cid­ent. ••End­Frag­ment 

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