A 22-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with DUI manslaughter, among other charges, as a result of a crash Sunday that killed an 8-year-old boy.
Just before 2:30 p.m., Brian Hernandez-Chavez was walking with his 31-year-old mother along a narrow path parallel to Duke Street at I-395 when a Honda jumped the curb and hit them. Brian died at the scene; his mother, who had both of her legs broken, remains hospitalized.
Alexandria Police have charged Victor M. Aldana with DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming, reckless driving and driving without a license following an investigation.
"Our crash reconstruction team did an excellent job figuring out immediately what was going on and he'll be brought to trial for what he did," said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.
People from the area say the trek between Landmark Mall along Duke Street as it crosses I-395 is a harrowing trek anytime of the day.
"You're walking right on the side of the street," said pedestrian Scott Turner. "With this being such a heavy traffic area, you really [have to] constantly pay attention and basically just hope nothing is going to happen."
Brian is the first pedestrian killed in a car crash this year in Alexandria.