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Two Notre Dame Students Hit, Killed by Car

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two people who were hit and killed by a car early Saturday morning were Notre Dame students.

Police say the incident happened just after 4 a.m. on Ironwood Road near State Road 23. The car ran over the group of people, then continued down the road and crashed into a house. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

In a letter to Notre Dame students, President Rev. John Jenkins confirmed the two people that died were freshmen. They’ve been identified as Valeria Espinel and Olivia Lara Rojas.

A third person, a sophomore, was taken to the hospital. He remains in critical condition.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash.


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