Chinese student killed in road-rage incident

Updated: 2016-01-18 12:48


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A Chinese exchange student at Arizona State University was killed in an apparent road rage incident in Tempe, Arizona.

The student, Yue Jiang, 19, died after being shot and her car subsequently crashed, police said.

Holly Davis, 32, of Mesa, Arizona, has been charged with first-degree murder, Tempe Police Lieutenant Michael Poole said.

Davis' vehicle was involved in a collision at an intersection on Jan 16. Davis allegedly got out of her car at a red light and fired several shots into the other vehicle, hitting Jiang several times, police said. ABC15 reported that Davis walked to the driver side of Jiang's vehicle and shot through the window.

Jiang's male passenger and friend walked out of the Mercedes to assess the damage when he saw Davis with the gun, ABC15 reported.

The suspect was identified after witnesses took down her license plate.

Pooley says Jiang lost control of her vehicle, crashing into another car carrying a family of five. The family did not suffer serious injuries.

Davis fled the scene but was later located. She was arrested on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly contact with a deadly weapon and prohibited possession.

"Regarding yesterday's incident where ASU student Yue Jiang was killed, we just want to say that fellow students are being encouraged to talk with counselors, and that our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family," Jerry Gonzalez, an Arizona State spokesman, said in a statement.

Five other people, three children, a pregnant woman and the male passenger in Jiang’s car also were treated for injuries from the collision resulting from the shooting, according to

The incident started when two vehicles, one driven by Davis, the other by Jiang, collided near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive at about 3:40 pm, police said.

After being hit, Jiang lost control of her car, which then struck a third vehicle carrying a family of five, including the pregnant woman and three children, Tempe police spokeswoman Officer Naomi Galbraith said.

Police said Davis also pointed her gun at Jiang's passenger. Davis fled south on McClintock in a silver Volkswagen Passat, police said.

According to police reports, she hid her car and her gun before returning to her apartment, where she took a shower and washed her clothes, reported.

Davis had a previous conviction for resisting a lawful stop and fleeing in Missouri, according to arrest reports, and served three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.