- Date of Crime: 2007-04-05
- Location of crime:
- Sex: M
- Age: 67
Hector Manuel Valazquez-Nava
- Sex: M
- Arrest Status: convicted
- Nationality: Mexico
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
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