Though the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” did not make much of an impression when it was initially released, it has since become a perennial holiday favorite with families across the country. We are not only treated to Ralphie’s hilarious quest to obtain a Red Ryder BB gun, but the film also reminds us at least a little, of our own childhood Christmases past.
While most of us are familiar with the cult classic, many may not know the tragic way in which the director of “A Christmas Story,” Bob Clark, died…He was killed by a drunk-driving illegal alien.
On April 4, 2007, as the 65-year-old director was traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway with his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, when an SUV veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with Clark’s vehicle. Both father and son died at the scene.
The driver of that SUV was Hector Velazquez-Nava, a previously deported Mexican national living in Los Angeles. He had 0.24 blood-alcohol level—three times the legal limit.
The illegal alien had no driver’s license and had a 2004 conviction for solicitation of a prostitute in Los Angeles. For that conviction, Velazquez-Nava was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and a $1,500fine.
On October 16, 2007, Hector Velazquez-Nava was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading no contest on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
It is important that all of us understand the devastating impact that illegal immigration is having upon on our nation, and particularly upon those families who have lost loved ones due to the criminal actions of those here illegally. It is equally important to understand that the lawmakers and various public officials whose inaction in removing those illegal aliens, are every bit as culpable for those deaths as are the illegal aliens who get behind the wheel drunk every day in this country.
As you and yours continue to enjoy that “A Christmas Story” over the coming years, take a moment to remember the man who brought you that movie and his broken family.