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6-Year-Old Dies More Than A Week After Berkeley Wreck That Killed Mother

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Firefighters at the scene of a fatal crash involving a car into a tree on California Ave. and Allston Way in Berkeley, May 18, 2012. (CBS)

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A 6-year-old boy has died from injuries he suffered in a car crash in Berkeley 11 days ago that also killed his mother and injured her boyfriend, police said Tuesday.

Xavier Chevez died at about 6:30 p.m. Friday at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

The boy was injured about 1:10 a.m. on May 18 when the Cadillac he was riding in crashed into a roundabout and a tree near Allston Way and California Street.

Xavier’s mother, 22-year-old Milanca Alicia Lopez, was killed in the crash. Lopez had been a student at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied social welfare.

The driver, 24-year-old Jose Lumbreras, was taken to a hospital after the accident with what police described as serious injuries.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office last week charged Lumbreras with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for Lopez’s death, and drunken driving causing injury for the wounds to Xavier, who became comatose after the crash and suffered paralysis.

Kusmiss said the second charge might be amended as a result of Xavier’s death, but district attorney’s spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said a decision on amending the charge won’t be made until Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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