On Saturday, Virginia State Police arrested Bonifilio Velazquez, 36, after he reportedly crashed into another vehicle along Route 13 in Keller. Velazquez was traveling north in a 1999 Chevrolet Venture van when he suddenly veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2012 Nissan Altima, according to police.
A passenger in the Altima, 12-year-old A'janae Jones was killed, as were her grandmother, 55-year-old Diann Jones, and 58-year-old Arnette N. Chandler. The little girl's brother, 13-year-old Wysaan Kellam, was seriously injured when he was thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
The teenager was transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters in Norfolk, where he is currently listed in critical condition. Two others, an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl, were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The girl's father, Lafont Jones, told WVEC:
[Velazquez] took my mom and my daughter from me...I will never get to hug my daughter again. Ever. Never in my life. I'll never see my daughter graduate.
The family traveled from Pennsylvania to Virginia's Eastern Shore for their annual family reunion.
Velazquez has been charged with DUI and three counts of involuntary manslaughter. He is currently being held at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail without bond. He was uninjured in the wreck.
Virginia's Eastern Shore is inundated with illegal aliens, as the farming and fishing industries dominate the shore's economy. As such, DUIs are all-too common in Accomack County.
In fact, drunk driving by illegal aliens poses so much of a threat in that part of the state that in 2005, the left-leaning Virginia Pilot newspaper ran an in-depth article on the subject entitled simply "Hispanic laborers driving unregistered vehicles have caused scores of Eastern Shore traffic deaths."
The article states:
A review of State Police auto accident reports for 2002 through 2004 on the Eastern Shore also revealed that of the 179 accidents involving Hispanic laborers:
- Three-fourths of the drivers had no auto insurance - more than four times the national rate for uninsured motorists.
- Nearly all of the vehicles driven by migrants and other laborers were registered to other drivers.
- The number of injuries per accident was about 50 percent higher than the statewide average.
Just as surely as this nation's unscrupulous business owners are responsible for importing cheap, albeit, illegal labor from Mexico to our neighborhoods, they are also responsible for importing Mexico's culture...a culture which includes the acceptance of drunk driving.
In 2008, the Pan American Health Organization estimated that between Thursday through Saturday nights in Mexico City, 200,000 people drive drunk, reported the Economist.
Incredibly, officials in Mexico City no longer administer any sort of test for driver's licenses. One need only walk into the issuing agency and fork over 604 pesos (roughly $45), and the license is yours.