Chinese exchange student injured in hit-and-run accident

Satoru Narue

An international student from China was run over by a hit-and-run driver near CSUN on Nov. 2.’ She is still listed in critical condition at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

Yao Lu, a 22-year-old Chinese exchange student who is studying at CSUN in the Intensive English Program (IEP), was hit by a car while she was crossing the street at Reseda Boulevard and Vincennes Street at 6:50 p.m.

She was thrown 40 feet away by a silver-color sedan, maybe Toyota Corolla or Lexus, police said.

‘Yao Lu is a very lovely and lively girl with creative talents in arts,’ said Justine Su, director of the China Institute at CSUN. ‘She is a promising student in art from Shanghai Normal University in China.’

This is actually second time such incident happened in past six weeks.’

A 19-year-old CSUN student was killed when she was struck by a car while walking across at Devonshire Street and Lindley Avenue on September 23.

The 42-year-old woman who was suspected to be invloved in the fatal hit-and-run of the CSUN student was later arrested and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicate and leaving the scene of an accident.

‘I think it’s very important to call our students’ attention to this horrifying accident, to condemn the criminal act of the hit-and-run driver, and to lend support to the victim, Yao Lu from Shanghai and her family,’ said Su.

Like other international students, Yao Lu had a strong decision to study abroad to the United State and she is still on the way of studying. Students’ future shouldn’t be stolen by such a horrible accident.