Man dies after intentional hit and run

December 17, 2008 2:21:40 PM PST
An 87-year-old Garfield man who was struck by a car in an intentional hit-and-run mugging died Tuesday after being taken off life support, family members said. A World War II veteran who worked for a Kearny trucking industry his entire life, William Savino just wanted to stay busy, so he picked up a part-time job at the O.J. Truck Lube in Kearny.

After completing a bank run for the company Monday morning, Savino had just gotten out of his car when two men in a stolen car intentionally backed into him, knocking him to the ground. One of the men rifled through Savino's pockets, grabbed several thousands of dollars Savino had withdrawn from the bank, jumped back into the Honda and sped away.

When Savino fell, his head slammed into the ground, causing bleeding in his brain. Savino was rushed to University Hospital in Newark where he slipped into a coma.

The family took him off life support Tuesday after the victim became brain dead.

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