Xinhai Huang, USC Honor's Student, Killed In Car Crash

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Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

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Updated at the bottom with a suspect targeted for arrest. First posted at 8:03 a.m. Monday.

A USC honor's student was killed in a two-car crash on St. Patrick's Day.

Police said 22-year-old Xinhai Huangel was killed in a 2:55 a.m crash about five miles southwest of campus in South L.A.

The collision happened at ...

... Hyde Park and West boulevards, cops said.

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The cause of the collision was under investigation.

Huang was an electrical engineering major at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. He was on the dean's list.

[Update at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday]: The LAPD says the driver of the other vehicle, identified as 23-year-old Keysi Idania Cifuentes Lopez, would be arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after she recovers from her injuries.

Cops alleged that Lopez, behind the wheel of a 1995 Ford Explorer, "failed to stop for a red tri-light."

Sheriff's inmate data had no record of her, indicating that Lopez might not have been booked yet as of early this afternoon.

Also in the car with Huang was a 26-year-old, Justin Wayne Rawls, described by cops as a "close friend." His injuries were said to be "non-life-threatening."

[With reporting from City News Service / @dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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