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USC student killed in suspected DUI accident in South L.A.

March 18, 2013 |  6:19 am

A 22-year-old student from USC was killed early Sunday morning in a suspected DUI collision, according to authorities.

The fatal car accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hyde Park and West boulevards in South Los Angeles, about six miles southwest of the university campus, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. Manny Chavez of the South Traffic Division. 

Chavez said a woman in her early 20s was driving west on Hyde Park Boulevard and ran a red light. The woman's Ford Explorer struck the passenger side of a Ford Mustang that was heading north on West Boulevard. A 22-year-old man sitting on the passenger side was killed by the impact, he said. 

"Alcohol is suspected right now," Chavez said. 

No arrests have been made, but Chavez said that crash is still under investigation. 

University officials released a statement later that afternoon identifying the victim as Xinhai Huang, a junior who was majoring in electrical engineering.

"Xinhai was an honor student and in the Dean's list," the statement read. "We grieve for a promising life cut short, and for his parents who have lost their son."

The statement said the parents were notified of Xinhai's death.

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