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Wrong-Way Driver Charged in Deaths of Director and Son

4/6/2007 5:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that the L.A. District Attorney has just charged the drunk driver in the Pacific Coast Highway wreck that killed director Bob Clark and his son Ariel.
Bob Clark
Hector Velazquez Nava, 24, was charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; one for each of the victims, and he's being held in a Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. If convicted, Nava faces up to twelve years in prison.

The "Christmas Story" director, 67, and his 22-year-old son were killed in a horrific crash on PCH in the early morning hours on Wednesday, when their Infiniti was struck by Nava's GMC Yukon.

UPDATE: Nava has just pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. His bail was increased to $200,000. He remains in custody.

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Ringless without Shaq    

Another Mexi in California that does not have a driver's license nor insurance.... and border patrol is bad.....

2667 days ago
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So Sad    

So Sad. La Times stated that since the driver was not a legal resident of the US that he will not be able to bond out of jail. Terrible tragedy.

2667 days ago
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Janice    

He should get more then 12 years.he is a murderer
what a shame what's worse he is probably illeagelly in the country

2667 days ago
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Dawn    

OK why did this guy get charged right away (not that it was wrong he should of been) but still hasn't been charged and that woman died and the guy from prisonbreak took how many months to be charged.??

2667 days ago
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urzula    

What a tragedy! Makes us realize what a crime it is to drive under the influence of unreality.

I've watched "A Christmas Story" at least 10 times. One of the best.

2667 days ago
6.

Hal    

Hector Nava should get the death penalty, as should all DWI/DUI drivers.

2667 days ago
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just me    

who is he gonna sue to get out of this?

2667 days ago
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Dawn    

O i ment Brandy hasn't been charged yet. Not sure how that didn't get included in the post.

2667 days ago
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Carla    

What a loss of a great talent.

2667 days ago
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TIA    

12 years ? That's it ? 6 years for each life he took?
Sad, very sad.....

2667 days ago
11.

Mizzelle    

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL????....Yeah Whatever....$$$ TALKS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN AFFORD A GOOD MOUTHPIECE....ie: O.J.......M.J. Only in America ; (

2667 days ago
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Diane    

12 years is an outrage. He should be given the death penalty.

Hope Bill O'Reilly is on top of this one, too!

2667 days ago
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Sue the Crap out of Her!!!!!!!    

Driving Wrong Way?? Sounds like something 'NICOLE RICHIE would do.
Sadly, in this guys case , two people lost thier lives. The same could have happened with NICOLE RICHIE's night of misdirection while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
She should be prosecuted to the fullest extent for what she did , but will get off because she is a celebrity (for what I don't know) she has no talent as far as I know. However, she should be made to pay for what she did. It was just by the grace of God she did not kill anyone, but if all she gets is a slap on the wrist AGAIN, NICOLE RICHIE , PARIS HILTON,
LINDSAY LOHAN (at least one of them ) WILL EVENTUALLY kill someone on the roads Time to stop this out of control behavior before some one else dies.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2667 days ago
14.

fan    

Maybe this is the "one" to get enough attention to make a difference.

2667 days ago
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Jenn    

Dawn -
brandy didnt get charged already because she was not under the influence she just happened to get in a really bad car crash..

2667 days ago
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