USC student killed in South LA car crash


Xinhai Huang, 22, of China was killed in a traffic collision at Hyde Park and West boulevards around 2:55 a.m.

According to authorities, Huang was riding passenger in a Ford Mustang when a Ford Explorer, traveling westbound on Hyde, ran a red light and collided with the vehicle. The impact caused the Mustang to collide into a light pole.

Huang and the driver of the Mustang, later identified as Justin Wayne Rawls, 26, of Los Angeles were transported to UCLA Westwood Medical Center. Huang sustained life threatening injuries and shortly succumbed to his injuries.

The female driver of the Ford Explorer, identified as Keysi Idania Cifuentes Lopez, 23, of Los Angeles was also treated for non-life threatening injuries. She is set to face vehicle manslaughter charges.

Huang was an international honor student from China. He was studying engineering and was on the university's dean's list.

Anyone with information regarding the crash was urged to contact South Traffic Division Detective Section at (323) 421-2500.

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