David F. Eisan wrote:
A fustrating story.
As many have said, glad you are OK and it could have been worse.
Fri, Jan. 30, 2004
Road rage leads to hit-run death of man, 61
Accused arrested on I-476 following state police chase
By SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM & GLORIA CAMPISI
THOMAS RICCI had long fought drug addiction - his own and others.
But it wasn't drugs that killed Ricci, 61, a grandfather of three and
born-again Christian - it was an alleged drunken driver.
During a dispute yesterday afternoon with the driver - possibly following a
fender-bender - the driver knocked Ricci down and ran over his head and
chest with his Jeep Wranger on a South Philadelphia street, police said.
Ricci died three hours later. The driver, identified by police as Robert
Haubert, 25, was later chased down by state police on the Blue Route, I-476,
and charged with aggravated assault, drunken driving and other counts.
Police said the incident occurred about 3:15 p.m. on Pas-syunk Avenue near
26th Street at the entrance to the Schuylkill Expressway.
Witnesses said the two apparently had been involved in a minor accident
Ricci got out of his white Honda Accord and approached Haubert as he sat in
the red Wrangler waiting to turn onto the expressway, police said.
The elderly man banged on Haubert's hood while screaming, "You just hit my
car! You're not leaving!" according to police sources.
Haubert tried to get away from Ricci, but instead ran him over, crushing his
head, police said. Haubert then fled onto the expressway.
"He just ran him over like that," Ricci's daughter Renee, 37, sobbed to a
family friend as they stood in a waiting room of the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania, shortly after learning Ricci had died.
"I hope the guy who did this stays in jail for the rest of his life," she
After leaving Ricci's bleeding body, Haubert of Conshohocken, sped to the
Blue Route. But a driver on the highway recognized the Jeep from news
reports, and called 911, said Trooper Chris Paris, a spokesman for the
Pennsylvania State Police.
An unmarked state police car tried to pull the Jeep over, Paris said, but
Haubert would not stop, dodging rush-hour traffic while zig-zagging through
lanes at 60 mph.
"He drove against oncoming traffic, rammed a marked trooper car and then
crashed into a light pole," said Paris.
It was there that he was arrested, and later charged with aggravated assult,
reckless endangerment and drunken driving.
Philadelphia homicide detectives said they were investigating the
hit-and-run and would charge Haubert as well.