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1 USC student killed, 1 injured in hit-and-run

March 30, 2009|Garrett Therolf and Andrew Blankstein

A 19-year-old USC student was killed early Sunday as she crossed Jefferson Boulevard on the edge of campus in a hit-and-run incident that also left a male companion critically injured, police said.

The deceased was Adrianna Bachan, a freshman from Santa Barbara. Injured was Marcus Garfinkle, a student from Scottsdale, Ariz., USC spokesman James Grant said.

The two victims were walking in the crosswalk at Hoover Street about 3 a.m. when a man driving a dark-colored vehicle east on Jefferson Boulevard struck them, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera.

The driver continued with Garfinkle on his windshield for 500 feet before stopping the car, removing him and fleeing, according to a Los Angeles police source.

Bachan was pronounced dead at a hospital; Garfinkle was being treated for critical injuries, Herrera said.

-- Garrett Therolf and Andrew Blankstein

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