Services planned Saturday for Mount Vernon police officer killed in Baldwin County wreck
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Arrangements have been announced for a Mount Vernon police officer killed in a wreck in Summerdale.
Services for Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 601 W. Laurel Ave. in Foley. Viewing will be Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. until the Mass is celebrated from noon to 1:30 p.m. A 21-gun salute will take place outside the church following the Mass.
A procession will leave from the church, travel up Alabama 59 past the crash site and end at Baldwin EMC in Summerdale. The public is encouraged to line Alabama 59 along the procession route to pay their respects.
Gov. Kay Ivey has directed that flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday until sunset in honor of Lopez/
Lopez, who served in law enforcement for 12 years, was killed Monday evening in a two-vehicle wreck while on his way home from work.
Authorities said the driver who hit Lopez’s police cruiser was travelling at a “ridiculous speed” on County Road 36 when he ran the stop sign at Alabama 59 and crashed into Lopez.
The driver and his passenger were taken to the hospital. One of them has been released while the other is still being treated, authorities said.
Officials still haven’t released the drivers name or possible charges he may face.
A GoFundMe has been created for Lopez. His wife, Giovanni Lopez is asking for help to support the officer’s daughters Isabella and Natalia. Her goal is to raise $50,000.
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