Skip to comments.Driver accused in crash that killed director pleads not guilty (Illegal Immigrant)
Posted on 04/06/2007 4:38:06 PM PDT by kcvl
Velazquez-Nava, 24, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when the crash occurred early Wednesday on Pacific Coast Highway, police said. He is a native of Mexico who federal authorities said was in the U.S. illegally.
The crash killed Clark, the director of "A Christmas Story" and the "Porky's" movies, and his son Ariel, 22.
Velazquez-Nava suffered minor injuries in the accident.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Today’s Los Angeles Times reports that Hector Velazquez-Nava was driving not just drunk but three times the legal limit when he collided with Bob Clark and his son on Wednesday night. The man who killed Bob Clark is listed as a resident of Los Angeles but, according to E Online, he is officially a Mexican national illegally in the United States. Spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Lori Haley, confirmed that Hector Velazquez-Nava was in the country illegally.
TMZ reports that Hector Velazquez-Nava was charged today with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while he was intoxicated. If he is convicted in the deaths of Bob Clark and his son, Hector Velazquez-Nava might go to jail for twelve years. The site reports, in conflict with the Times, that Hector Velazquez-Nava pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were issued, but both sources note that he’s being kept in jail unable to pay a $200,000 bail.
I say we poke his eye out.
I can’t believe the same guy directed BOTH of these movies. A Christmas Story is about as wholesome as you can get but Porky’s originally got an “X” rating, later cut to “R”.
More ammunition for O’reilly to yell at Geraldo over.
Did ya’ll see that on “The Factor” last night?
If you didn’t you may have heard about it on just about any talk radio show today.
Both them boys about had a full meltdown. It was excellent.
I had the Fox News Channel on this morning. I wasn’t actually watching it, but only listening as I was doing some things on the computer. At one point there was a segment which showed a heated argument between Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera. I’m assuming the confrontation took place on Bill’s show last night(?), and that it was about this accident. Bill was making a point about the guy being an illegal alien and how he should have been tossed out of the country by authorities after his first arrest, and Geraldo was arguing that it wasn’t an issue of the guy being here illegally; that the issue was drunk driving. It was a pretty heated discussion with both men pointing their fingers in the others’ face. I didn’t see the actual program with the full exchange, so I don’t know how it actually started.
No insurance either. This is so common. Many cases the alien never gets charged, never sees the inside of a jail and doesn't go to court, yet remains in the country. Privileged characters. When will law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, immigration services and others involved start doing their jobs?
The libs will send in their lawyers to defend him if he becomes a “cause”.
Please give him the same jail conditions of his wonderful homeland. We can't have him getting home sick now.
But here's the part I can't understand: They never even arrested this POS for manslaughter! He apparently got away scot-free.
A few years later, my friend lost another of his three kids to a hit-and-run driver in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they had moved some years prior. That driver has never been found. He plowed into the girl and kept on going. It is not known for sure, but according to witnesses he might have been Hispanic.
It was pretty funny. Geraldo simply wouldn’t consider the fact that the director and his son wouldn’t have been killed if the guy hadn’t been here illegally. Obviously drunk drivers are a hugh problem in this country. In the recent past several people have been killed in accidents with illegals. Geraldo deserved a smackdown.
If he took out a gun and shot these people would it be just a case of homicide? If he sold them drugs and they were Overdoses, would it be just another Drug case?
The reason they are dead is because this person is here to perform the crime. And he has no legal right to be here. There is something wrong with the argument that this tragedy was just another Drunken Driver on the road.
September 19, 2005
Geraldo Rivera, senior correspondent for Fox News, told a group of Hispanic journalists vigilantes had created "hysteria along the borders" and advised his colleagues not to "let your newsroom push you around on the issue of immigration."
"Bust them on their hypocrisy," Rivera said at the annual awards gala of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington last week, according to a report by the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education.
It was a set-up.
The cops that arrested hime are looking over their shoulder for Johnny Sutton.
The good news is that if he does manage to post bail ICE will take custody of him.
If he posts bail, Velazquez-Nava would be taken into federal custody on the immigration hold, [ICE spokeswoman Virginia] Kice said.
Carlos Prieto: Suspected illegal alien from Mexico was held in the Salt Lake County jail after running a red light and broadsiding a family of six, killing three, on Christmas Eve 2006. The charging documents say his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. The Ceran family, active in local theater and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were returning home after attending a performance of Dicken’s “The Christmas Carol,” which featured several family members, when their car was struck by a truck driven by Carlos Prieto. The crash killed Cheryl Ceran, 47, and two of her children, 15-year-old Ian and 7-year-old Julinna. Cheryl Ceran’s husband, Gary Ceran, 45, and their 19-year-old daughter, Clarissa, and 12-year-old son, Caleb, were injured.
Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano: When this illegal alien, working as a landscaper in Maryland, killed Marine Cpl. Brian Mathews, 21, and his date, Jennifer Bower, 24, on Thanksgiving night, 2006, it wasn’t his first accident where alcohol was apparently involved. Nine months before, he was issued four citations and sent home with a friend after a single-car accident when he refused a Breathalyzer test. A policeman’s error resulted in Morales-Soriano who took advantage of North Carolina’s easy rules to obtain his driver’s license in 2004 getting his license returned. On the night he killed the young couple, police say his blood alcohol level was measured at .32 four times the legal level in Maryland for intoxication. Mathews had served 8 months in Iraq and completed another tour of duty in the Pacific.
Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto: Police say was driving more than 100 mph on the wrong side of Interstate 485 when he collided head-on with the car of 18-year-old Min Soon Chang, a freshman from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing him. According to authorities, the illegal alien had already been sent back to Mexico 17 times and convicted of impaired driving at least a couple of times before the November 2005 crash.
Jose Trejo Encino: The 27-year-old illegal alien from Mexico admitted to deputies, at the scene of the November 2006 single car accident that killed one of his passengers and injured another, “to drinking a 12-pack of beer earlier in the night,” but not before first trying to throw the cans of beer he still had in his car into the woods before police arrived.
Luis Oscar Garcia: Police said Garcia had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and that his pants were soaked with a liquid that indicated the presence of alcohol when he ran a red light and killed 18-year-old James F. Rogers Jr. of North Jackson, Tenn., in August 2006. The 24-year-old Mexican had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years.
Marcos Ramos Medina: The 35-year-old Mexican had twice been deported when, on Aug. 4, 2005, his car swerved several times across the center line, causing a tractor-trailer rig to jackknife in Yakima, Wash. His car then plowed head-on into the 2000 Lexus driven by Peggy Keller, 53, dean of distance education at Yakima Valley Community College, killing her at the scene. Medina, who was found to have at least eight aliases and falsely identified himself at his first court appearance, escaped serious injury. The case against the Mexican national was declared a mistrial in August 2006 because his constitutional right to remain silent had been violated. It took a second jury only 30 minutes to find Medina guilty three months later.
Miguel Garduno Gonzalez: The 43-year-old was accused of causing an accident near Lakeland, Fla., on Aug. 2, 2006, that left Haines City police officer Phoenix Braithwaite, 24, dead. Gonzalez was driving a van that while passing two trucks on U.S. 17-92 in Osceola County near the Polk County line hit the officer, who was on his way to work. Braithwaite, who was riding his motorcycle, was hit head-on and died at the scene. Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, was not hurt and fled the scene. Two passengers in the van also were not hurt also are illegal immigrants. Gonzalez was being held without bail and the two others were held as material witnesses.
Pastor Rios Sanchez: Despite having pleaded guilty to driving without a license in 2005, and similar counts in March and April of 2006, Sanchez was still on the road on Oct. 27, 2006, when he crossed the yellow line near Sanford, N.C., and collided head-on with a stationwagon carrying Helen Meghan Hughes, 22, of Summerville, S.C., Jennifer Carter, 18, of Jacksonville, N.C., and Hughes’ stepbrother, 16-year-old Ben Leonard. All three were killed. The 55-year-old illegal alien was allegedly drunk and carrying a forged residency card.
Ramiro Gallegos: In July 2005, Gallegos had already been charged on three separate occasions with drunk driving. His fourth offence caused the death of Scott Gardiner of Mount Holly, N.C., a father of two young children, when the Mexican citizen’s truck struck Gardner’s station wagon as he drove his family to the coast for vacation.
Vitalina Bautista Vargas: Neighbors of Louella Winton said the van driven by Vargas, an illegal alien from Mexico, never slowed down before plowing through Winton’s home, knocking the 91-year-old woman, who had been asleep in bed, against the wall of the house next door and leaving her under the vehicle outside the house. Winton died of complications from her injuries.
Hey, wasn’t the USS Vincennes stationed at Norfolk? I seem to recall a tour of the ship while I was stationed there for school. Maybe not.
In this case the drunk had his seatbelt on on Clark didn’t from what I have heard. A lesson for all.
The difference is one is here ILLEGALLY and DRUNK and the other two weren’t, whether with seat belts or not.
As far as I know, always west coast.
I've been watching this case right from the very start so I'm fully aware of his illegal status and even speculated on it before it became public:
Some of us were dumb enough to think jorge bush was going to protect our boarders. Now we'll just be glad when he's out of office.
“Both them boys about had a full meltdown”
Already made up. Ratings time?
Driving a 2007 Yukon too...no insurance, no problem.
Gil Cedillo would approve, one of his and Dane’s homeboyz.
| Booking No.: 9745086 Last Name: VELAZQUEZNAVA First Name: HECTOR Middle Name: MANUEL
Sex: M Race: H Date Of Birth: 10/09/1982 Age: 24 Hair: BLK Eyes: BRO Height: 503 Weight: 165
| Arrest Date: 04/04/2007 Arrest Time: 0410 Arrest Agency: 4227 Agency Description: LAPD-WEST TRAF DIVISION
Date Booked: 04/04/2007 Time Booked: 1638 Booking Location: 4279 Location Description: LAPD - VALLEY JAIL (VAN NUYS)
|Total Bail Amount: 100,000.00 Total Hold Bail Amount: 0.00 Grand Total: 100,000.00|
| Housing Location: IRC
Permanent Housing Assigned Date: 04/07/2007 Assigned Time: 0146 Visitor Status: N
Facility: INMATE RECEPTION CENTER
Address: 450 BAUCHET STREET City: LOS ANGELES
For County facility visiting hours, Please call (213) 473-6080 at Inmate Information Center.
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