Two Notre Dame students killed after being run over by car, third in critical condition

KATE FELDMAN, New York Daily News
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Two Notre Dame freshmen were killed and a third injured after being hit by a car early Saturday morning.

The three students were walking about a mile off campus around 4 a.m. Saturday when the driver of a Toyota Sienna minivan careened into them, then into a nearby house, according to police.

A second vehicle, an Impala, then hit one of the victims again as she was laying in the street.

Valeria Espinel, 19, and Olivia Lara Rojas, 19, were both killed, according to Notre Dame. Sophomore Eduardo Jose Elias Calderon, 19, was in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon.

“On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, I express our deepest condolences and pray that our students' families and friends may find God’s grace and solace after so shattering a loss,” Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, said in a statement. “We also pray for a full recovery of our student who remains hospitalized as a result of the accident.”

The driver, 25-year-old Justin Cavallo, suffered “minor injuries” and cooperated with police at the scene, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Toxicology reports are still pending and it’s unclear if any charges have been or will be filed.

Cavallo’s passenger, Rafik Tannir, 24, was uninjured, as was 54-year-old Darlene Holden, who was driving the Impala.


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