By Paul Lomax and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — The East Harlem man who was struck and killed by an SUV after he slipped on snow just steps away from his home was a family man and father of two, his devastated family told DNAinfo Sunday.
"He was a good father and a good brother," said Clementina Alavez, 24, the sister of Roman Alavez. "We will all miss him very much. He was a good man."
His brother, Emilio Alavez, 22, said he looked up to his older sibling, who worked at a restaurant.
"I will love him with all my heart for the rest of my life," he said.
Roman Alavez, 26, was struck by 1998 Dodge Durango as he crossed Third Avenue near East 111th Street just after 4 a.m. Saturday.
Cops said that he had slipped on snow, which began blanketing the city shortly before the accident.
The 52-year-old driver of the Durango stayed at the scene and there was no criminality suspected.
According to the Daily News, Alavez was on his way home from a club at the time of the incident.
"There was nothing I could do," the driver told the paper. "I slammed on the brakes and honked the horn.
"But one of the guys slipped under the car. I got out, but it was too late."