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Bail set for Wisconsin man charged in student’s death

This undated photo provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Economics shows the graduate student Wenxin Huai. Huai, a 24-year-old University of Wisconsin graduate student scheduled to receive her master's degree next month, has been identified as the pedestrian killed when a car left the road and drove onto a Madison sidewalk Saturday night. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that Huai died from her injuries in the crash. Huai was from Beijing, where she graduated from Peking University. (AP Photo/University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Economics)

This undated photo provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Economics shows the graduate student Wenxin Huai. Huai, a 24-year-old University of Wisconsin graduate student scheduled to receive her master’s degree next month, has been identified as the pedestrian killed when a car left the road and drove onto a Madison sidewalk Saturday night. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Huai died from her injuries in the crash. Huai was from Beijing, where she graduated from Peking University. (AP Photo/University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Economics)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man was driving drunk and had a packet of methamphetamine in his pocket when he struck and killed a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student from China.

Bail was set at $50,000 when 32-year-old Kong Vang, of Madison, Wisconsin, made his initial court appearance Thursday on charges including homicide by drunken driving. He’s accused of striking and killing 22-year-old Wenxin “Wendy” Huai (wun-shin hway), of Beijing, as she walked down a sidewalk Saturday.

The defense attorney Diana Van Rybroek said Vang is married with four children. She says he came to the U.S. from Laos in 1993.

The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2oPqMir ) reports that more than 50 UW-Madison students from China and others from Madison’s Chinese community attended the hearing. They demonstrated against drunken driving outside the courthouse.

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