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New: Passenger Killed in Berkeley Crash was UC Student

By Zack Farmer (BCN)
Tuesday May 22, 2012 - 01:58:00 PM

A passenger who died in a solo-vehicle accident in Berkeley early Friday morning was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 22-year-old Milanca Alicia Lopez, a UC Berkeley student. 

Lopez was killed when the Cadillac she was riding in hit a roundabout and a tree near Allston Way and California Street at about 1:10 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Berkeley police said. 

Lopez was a student at the University of California at Berkeley where she studied social welfare and Chicano studies, university spokeswoman Janet Gilmore said. 

The male driver of the car and a child who was also in the vehicle suffered serious injuries in the crash and remained in the hospital as of today, police said. 

Police said they are investigating the cause of the collision, including whether the driver was impaired.  

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (510) 981-5980.