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Victim: Bob Clark

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Movie Director Bob Clark and His Son Ariel.








Perpetrator: Hector Manuel Valazquez-Nava

Crime Description:

On April 5, 2007 movie producer Bob Clark, 67, and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed when a drunk driving illegal alien from Mexico, Hector Manuel Valazquez-Nava, drifted into oncoming traffic and slammed into Robert Clark's sedan.

Clark and his son, died at the scene. Valazquez-Nava and his passenger were taken to a local medical center to be treated for minor injuries.

The crash occurred about 2:20 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway PCH between Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades when the GMC Yukon Velazquez-Nava was driving drifted into oncoming traffic and struck the elder Clark's 1997 Infiniti Q30 head-on.

According to the District Attorney's Office, at the time of the crash, Velazquez-Nava had a blood-alcohol content of .24 percent -- three times the legal limit, and he did not have a license.

Velazquez-Nava entered his plea in August to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. On October 12,2007 he was sentenced to six years in state prison.

Clark had a prolific movie and TV directing career. His breakout success came with the 1981 sex farce “Porky's,” a coming-of-age romp that he followed two years later with “Porky's II: The Next Day.” In 1983, he directed, co-produced and co-wrote “A Christmas Story,” an adaptation of Jean Shepherd's childhood memoir of a boy in the 1940s.

Documentation:

4APR07, AP story in USA Today
Man involved in 'A Christmas Story' director's death faces deportation
http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-04-04-robert-clark-obit_N.htm

4APR07, TMZ
"Christmas Story" Director Killed in L.A. Car Crash
http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/04/christmas-story-director-killed-in-l-a-car-crash/

5APR07, Freso Bee
Immigration hold placed on man arrested in LA filmmaker's death

29AUG07, KNBC TV, Los Angeles
Man Pleads No Contest In Crash That Killed Director, Son
http://www.knbc.com/news/14006023/detail.html

12OCT07, Sign On San Diego
Man sentenced in deaths of director of 'A Christmas Story,' son
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20071012-1210-ca-directordeath.html