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Police say an O.C. DUI driver killed an infant and two Bible study attendees.


A child and two adults riding in a church van were killed this week when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the van and other vehicles in Placentia, authorities said.

Several passengers on their way home from Bible study were ejected from the large white van in the crash, which occurred about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Placentia Police Department.

Authorities pronounced Alberto Vicente Lopez, 36, and Gregoria Ramirez, 65, dead at the scene.

Two children were taken to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where one of them, 10-year-old Lucero Lopez, died, Sgt. Joe Connell told the Orange County Register. Lucero was the stepdaughter of Alberto Lopez.

Three other people with serious injuries were also transported to UCI Medical Center.

The driver of the black sedan, 24-year-old Mario Armando Paz Jr., was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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