Father killed pushing son to safety on Boulevard

Roderick Williams, 22.
Roderick Williams, 22.
Posted: August 31, 2012

A North Philadelphia man has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of a man who was struck after pushing his 5-year-old son to safety on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast.

Roderick Williams, 22, of the 3000 block of North 23d Street, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence in the death of Michael Romano, 43.

Police said Romano and his son, whose name was not released, were crossing the southbound outer lanes of the boulevard at Loney Street in Rhawnhurst when the car driven by Williams bore down on them.

Romano pushed the boy to safety, but could not get out of the way in time, police said.

Romano, of the 6900 block of Sylvester Street in Castor, died at the scene.

An off-duty police officer who witnessed the hit-and-run stopped Williams a few blocks away, police said.

The little boy was treated for minor injuries at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and released.

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