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News Release

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Media Relations

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Los Angeles:  South Traffic Division Detectives are investigating a fatal collision that claimed the life of an International Student from China who attended the University of Southern California.

On March 17, 2013 at 2:50 a.m., a motorist in a 1995 Ford Explorer was travelling west on Hyde Park Boulevard towards West Boulevard, failed to stop for a red tri-light and collided into a motorist and passenger in a 2012 Ford Mustang travelling north on West Boulevard.  The impact of the collision caused the passenger in the Ford Mustang to sustain life threatening injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.  He was a Chinese  International Student studying at University of Southern California.  He was identified as Xinhai Huang, 22 years-of-age of China.

The motorist in the Ford Mustang was identified as Justin Wayne Rawls, 26 years-of-age of Los Angeles.  He and Xinhai were close friends.  His injuries were non-life threatening.

The motorist in the Ford Explorer was identified as Keysi Idania Cifuentes Lopez, 23 years-of-age of Los Angeles.  She is currently hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, pending criminal charges for Vehicular Manslaughter.

Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision can contact South Traffic Division, Detective Section at 323-421-2500 during the weekdays between 7 am – 5pm.  After hours and weekends, please contact South Traffic Division’s Watch Commander at 213-485-7336 or a toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.