Philadelphia man being tested for DUI in fatal crash

A 19-year-old Philadelphia man is expected to face criminal charges after a late-night crash in Port Richmond left one man dead, police said Wednesday.

Police said they suspected the man, whose name was not released, had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs when his GMC van smashed into a Ford Windstar minivan on Richmond Street near Schiller Street about 11 p.m. Tuesday. He was undergoing tests Wednesday for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

The driver of the minivan, Venustiano Vidals, 49, of Camden, was pronounced dead at the scene. Vidals was an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, who lived in a trailer park with his wife, Eda; a 12-year-old daughter; and a 14-year-old son, his family said. He leased the single-wide trailer when he moved to the United States 15 years ago and bought it five years later.

Vidals worked with his brother at a company that cleaned food-processing plants. He was headed from a cleaning job at a Bristol plant to clean Ben Franklin Foods, a plant in the Port Richmond section, said his brother, Neftali Veliz, 40, one of eight siblings.

Vidals worked at least 12 hours a day, finishing up in the early morning, his family said.

"He was a hard worker. He never stopped working even if he was sick," said Celso Vidals, 57, another brother.


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