UPDATE: Charges filed after head-on collision kills three in Accomack County

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 6:51 AM

ACCOMACK COUNTY -- Bonifilio Velazquez, 36, of Accomac faces a DUI charge as well as three counts of Involuntary Manslaughter after a crash in Keller Saturday night that killed three people.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the wreck happened shortly before 8:15 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Lankford Highway and First Street.

A 1999 Chevrolet Venture, driven by Velazquez, was heading north on the highway, crossed the center of the road, and hit a 2012 Nissan Altima head-on.

The driver of the car, 58-year-old Arnette N. Chandler of Roosevelt, New York, died. Two passengers also were killed. They were 55-year-old Diann W. Jones of Exmore, Virginia and 12-year-old A'janae Jones.

"[Velazquez] took my mom and my daughter from me," said Lafont Jones, who brought his kids from Pennsylvania to the Eastern Shore for a family reunion. "I will never get to hug my daughter again. Ever. Never in my life. I'll never see my daughter graduate."

Jones' son, 13-year-old Wysaan Kellam, was thrown from the car by the impact. Paramedics flew him to Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Kellam's condition had improved significantly Sunday, Jones said.

Velazquez was not hurt. He is being held without bond at Accomack County Jail.

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