Heroic Neighbor Risks Life To Prevent Hit-Run Driver From Escaping

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hit-and-run drivers have been known to leave families and loved ones of victims in despair. Not in this case in the city’s Tioga neighborhood.

“This is one that did not get away,” said Rafael Rodriguez, the neighbor who helped prevent the driver who struck 16-year-old Jose Ruiz from getting away.

Rodriguez made sure the unidentified driver from the May 2nd accident at Front and Tioga Streets didn’t leave the scene, even if it meant risking his own life. Rodriguez was dragged more than a block by the driver who struck Ruiz twice, according to authorities. Rodriguez says that after the driver struck Ruiz the first time, he stopped, but then accelerated and ran over the victim again.

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Witnesses say police arrived shortly after the accident and apprehended the driver.

After an eight-day battle dealing with severe injuries to the head at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Ruiz wouldn’t survive. His family decided to turn off Ruiz’s life support earlier this week.

“It was very sad being in the hospital, watching him fighting for his life,” said one family member.

While charges in the case may now be upgraded due to Ruiz’s death, Rodriguez says he wouldn’t hesitate to step into action again.

Ruiz’s life may have been cut short, but other’s may be saved.

Reported by Natasha Brown, CBS 3

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  • Brian Hunter

    Imiss u alot jose i only knew u for a short time and i kno u watchen down on us all one day we will meet again! it was ashame to see wat happened and i hopoe things are better in the place that ur at! always in r memories!!! always!!

  • Beba

    RiP Lil broder.. I feel like dis is all a niqhtmare.. I went from seen yu fiqht for yur life in the hospital den from the doctor tellinq us dat yur qone, from qoinq to yur viewinq to see yu qo dwn 6 feet from us.. I love yu bby broder. I know yur in heaven smillinq dwn at us and quardian us.. If i had one wish it would be for us to wake up from dis niqhtmare.. I cant believe dis.. I hope dat quy do life in prison, we qonna fiqht for dis quy saty in jail for wat he did to yu. He took yu away from us.. Cant wait till we meet up aqain..

  • kris

    Prieto i love u man, im glad i was able to spend timewith u even if it wasnt much, i enjoyed those moments and i wish i would have had more. i love u my nephew, im sorry i couldnt be there more

  • Jim Wilmer

    Rodriguez should be commended. It was’ a good thing! To hit someone, may have been an accident, but to leave them as road kill; they need to be known and be pointed out for such a crime.

  • Linda

    Is a shame how he fought for his life. Prieto, rip.. I love yu lil broder.

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