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Thursday, April 5, 2007

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Father and Son Die in Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: A 67-year-old Pacific Palisades man and his 22-year-old son were killed by a drunken motorist early Wednesday morning.

According to police, Hector Velazques-Nava, 24, was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon northbound on Pacific Coast Highway near Bay Club Drive when his car veered into the southbound lane and crashed into a 1997 Infinity Q30, driven by Robert Clark.

Clark and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, both died at the scene.

"Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts," said LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vernon. "The firemen worked frantically to rescue Clark and his son, but the damage was too catastrophic.”

Velasquez-Nava and his 29-year-old female passenger were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The woman was later released.

Once he is released from the hospital, Velasquez-Nava will be booked for gross vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license.

Robert Clark was a well-known Hollywood movie director.

Investigators are asking for any witnesses who saw the collision to call West Traffic detectives at 213-473-0234. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).