"A Christmas Story" Director and Son Killed in Car Crash

Posted Apr 4, 2007 by Lisa Angotti

If you asked little Ralphie he wanted for Christmas that year, he would have proudly replied, "A Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle."
It was the movie that inspired children everywhere to stick their tongue against a frozen flag pole to see if it would stick. It was the movie that brought to life little Ralphie Parker and his dreams of being the first to own a Red Ryder air rifle... his dad's beloved Leg Lamp... and the echo of Santa Clause, his mother and teacher taunting "You'll shoot your eye out! You'll shoot your eye out." Or how about when the neighbor's pack of dogs broke in and stole the Christmas turkey?
There were dozens of memorable scenes in the holiday movie "A Christmas Story," which director Robert Clark brought to life. But early Wednesday morning, the man that brought us all those funny moments tragically died in a head-on car crash in Pacific Palisades with his 22-year-old son, Ariel, beside him. Both men were in an Infiniti, no match for the unlicensed drunk driver that hit them in a GMC Yukon.
The 24-year-old driver, Hector Velequez is hospitalized and facing possible gross vehicular manslaughter charges. His female passenger only sustained minor injuries.
"A Christmas Story" became a fixture during Christmas along with "A Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
To learn more about Clark's other movie credits, click on the link below.