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Family mourns loss of man killed on freeway

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS8) - The family of 38-year-old Alex Romanes, a father of four who was killed along the freeway after running out of gas, says he was trying to live the American dream.

Romanes is being remembered by his family as a kind, soft-spoken man, with a big smile and a big heart.

His mother, Lourdes Romanes, says she petitioned to have her son come to United States from the Philippines, and after 11 years of waiting, Romanes was finally granted permission to move to the U.S. three years ago. He came here for more opportunities, to make a living and support his kids, said his sister Joan Romanes.

Romanes' daughter, 21-year-old Alexis Ursua, says she moved here from the Philippines about a year ago, to follow her father. She recalls how proud he was of her this past May, when she graduated from Bemis Medical Institute, with plans to become a medical assistant. She is still looking for a job, and is helping to pay bills by working at a 7-Eleven. She says her father had a difficult time finding steady work as well.  Romanes would help neighbors with maintenance and landscaping, and he rented janitorial equipment trying to get contracts where he could. Then, last Friday night, on his way home from returning some rental equipment, Romanes ran out of gas on southbound Interstate 805 at the I-15 connector. His family says he got out of the car, and was hit and killed by a passing vehicle.  The woman driving that vehicle did stop, and the CHP says no charges are pending.

It's a Filipino tradition for families to pray for 9 days straight after a loved one dies, which brings this family to Christmas day. His daughter Alexis said, "Exactly 25, on December 25th. Maybe it's going to be good, because I know my dad is in heaven right now."

The Romanes family is now looking to take out a loan to help pay for funeral and cremation costs.

If you'd like to help, you can send your donations to:

National City-Chula Vista Mortuary
Attn: Donation for Alex Romanes
611 Highland Avenue
National City, CA 91950

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