"He didn't have to die like this," sobbed Rosario Romano who is overwhelmed with grief. He says he hasn't stopped crying since he and his wife got the tragic news Thursday. Police say an alleged drunk driver killed his son 43-year old Michael Romano.
It happened near Loney and the Boulevard in the northeast just before 11 Wednesday night. Michael and his 5-year old son Angelo were walking to the store when policed say 22- year old Roderick Williams was driving and didn't stop. Michael's parental instinct kicked in.
"He saw the car wasn't stopping so he pushed my grandson out of the way and he got killed," said Michael's stepmother Carmella Romano.
Witnesses grabbed Angelo and held him until police got there. An off duty officer saw what happened and stopped the driver around the corner from the scene.
"We would like to meet him and say thank you for bringing justice and now my uncle can rest in peace," says Michael's niece Janine McAlonan.
The family put up a memorial where it happened. They also broke the terrible news to little Angelo.
"I told him that his daddy was in heaven with God and he said why. I said because he saved you," cried Carmella Romano.
Angelo was not hit but had to get stitches in his ear from the fall. The family also says Michael had custody of his son so he's now with DHS. The grandparents hope to get custody of him.
Tonight look for cloudy and foggy skies with spotty showers N&W. Lows in the 50s.
Our next cold front comes through tomorrow, with rain, in the morning and then especially Friday evening. With the blast of cold air that follows, we'll probably have a dry day on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. A light coating could occur for some before a changeover to rain. Stay tuned!