Brian Hernandez-Chavez and his mother were walking along Duke Street near I-395 over the weekend when 22 year old Victor Aldana is swerved off the road and struck the pair of pedestrians, according to police. Brian, only eight years old, was killed instantly. His mother was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, among other injuries.
Aldana is being held on charges of manslaughter while driving under the influence, maiming (under the influence), reckless driving as well as operating a vehicle without a license. Called “a danger to the community” by an Alexandria judge, Aldana is being held without bail at the Alexandria Jail, with a hearing scheduled for today, Tuesday January 17rh.
According to prosecutors, Aldana had a blood alcohol level of .15 at the time of the accident. They have also stated that Aldana admitted to beginning drinking at 9:30 AM on the morning of the accident, about five hours before his vehicle struck the two pedestrians.
Aldana reportedly works a local KFC and has no prior criminal record. His next scheduled court appearance, after today’s hearing is February 13, 2012. Aldana’s attorney, an Alexandria Public Defender, has indicated his clients desire to resolve the case as quickly as possible.
Brian Hernandez-Chavez is to be buried in Mexico, where much of his family resides. His mother is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries.