A 22-year-old man who plowed his car into a mother and son as they headed to a mall playground was convicted Wednesday of manslaughter while driving under the influence and other charges.
Authorities said Victor Aldana was drunk when he drove a car into Maria Chavez, 31, and her eight-year-old son Brian Hernandez Chavez as they walked along Duke Street near Interstate 395 in Alexandria on the afternoon of January 15.
The boy was killed. Chavez, who broke both her legs and a hip, spent weeks in a hospital and months in a wheelchair.
Chavez testified Tuesday, describing the incident. Aldana, who knew her casually before the incident, stared ahead, blinking, as she testified.
Aldana also was convicted of maiming, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without a license.
Aldana, who is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 2, faces up to 26 and a half years in prison.
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