Bob Clark, director of “Christmas Story” killed in car crash on PCH

Writer/director Bob Clark, 67 and his son Ariel, 22 were killed early this morning in a two vehicle car crash on PCH near Bay Club Drive in Malibu.

Clark is best known for directing “A Christmas Story”, a film that was barely noticed in its theatrical release but has become a mainstream, cult classic in recent years. The versatile Clark also helmed “Porkys”, “Baby Geniuses”, and the original “Black Christmas”, becoming a rare director finding success in any number of genres. According to IMDB, he was currently in pre-production on a number of projects, including a remake of his debut film, “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.”

Quoting LAPD authorities, The Los Angeles Times reports that the driver of the other vehicle, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, “will be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter.” Nava and his passenger both sustained minor injuries in the crash.

3 thoughts on “Bob Clark, director of “Christmas Story” killed in car crash on PCH”

  1. Sedan meets SUV … SUVs are 10 times more likely to kill in a head-on. Of course alcohol doesn’t help.

    So sad … and his son was killed with him, too.

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