PHILADELPHIA – Police reported that a father who pushed his son to safety was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Philadelphia.

At around 11 p.m., 43-y-ear-old man was struck after he shoved his 5-year-old son to safety on the heavily traveled Roosevelt Boulevard. The driver fled the scene but was apprehended a few blocks away after an off-duty police officer dialed 911.

The identities of the victim and the driver were not released by the authorities.

The crash remains under investigation.

Philadelphia police have charged a hit-and-run city man with vehicular homicide after he left the scene of the accident. His car allegedly struck a father who was trying to protect his son last night.

It was at around11 p.m. when the tragedy occurred. A father pushed his 5 year-old son to safety and he was the one hit by the car at the Boulevard and Loney Street.

According to the Police, the man tossed the boy out of the way, but was himself struck by the car. The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

An off-duty police officer was driving behind the hit-and-run driver and called for assistance. The car was stopped a few blocks away at Borbeck Avenue.

Accident Investigation Division investigators are filing charges against the suspect with vehicular homicide.

He was also tested for alcohol and substances. The results of the blood test were not yet available. As of this morning, the authorities said that they might also charge the suspect of DUI.

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