The driver charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with a fatal crash in Keller, Virginia was guilty four times in recent years of driving without a valid license on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Charges filed after head-on collision kills three in Accomack County
Bonifilio Velazquez, 36, of Accomac was guilty of the misdemeanor offenses in 2008, 2011 and 2013 in Accomack County General District Court. In 2012, he was guilty in neighboring Northampton County of driving without a license and speeding.
He paid fines and court costs for the earlier offenses but still owes payment for the latest charge, dating to March 31, 2013.
Velazquez in the 2008 incident also had children in the vehicle without them being properly restrained, court records show.
He is being held without bond in Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Eastville after police said he plowed his van into a vehicle on Route 13 Saturday night, killing three occupants and injuring three others.
A deputy found Velazquez standing at the driver's door of the van after the crash, according to a criminal complaint filed by the arresting officer.
A witness also identified him as the driver.
The officer said Velazquez "had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person." Velazquez said through an interpreter that he had had two beers since 3 p.m. He agreed to a breath test, which on the second attempt showed a blood alcohol concentration of .306.
He then agreed to go to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn.
He was arrested for driving under the influence and read his Miranda rights. He waived his rights and was taken to the hospital for the blood test.
According to a checklist for bail determination, Velazquez has lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for 17 years and has a wife and four children. He is employed at a nursery.
The document lists his prior criminal record as "immigration violation deported felon."