Couple involved in USC students' hit-and-run sentenced to prison

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A judge in Los Angeles has sentenced a husband and wife involved in last year’s fatal hit-and-run of a USC student to prison. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall has more on the results of the hearing.

The pre-dawn incident a year ago in March killed 18-year-old Adrianna Bachan and severely injured 19-year-old Marcus Garfinkle.

The two were using a crosswalk near USC when a car struck them. Bachan died at the scene; police say Garfinkle remained on the car for a few hundred feet before it stopped and a man in the passenger seat pulled him off and left him in the street.

That passenger, Josue Luna and the driver, Luna’s wife Claudia Cabrera, eventually pleaded no contest to hit-and-run. Cabrera — who police say ran a red light before the car entered the intersection — also admitted to vehicular manslaughter.

The two surfaced after the victims’ parents and other parties offered a reward of $235,000. During a hearing at which Bachan’s mother and victim Marcus Garfinkle spoke, Cabrera was sentenced to eight years in state prison and Luna was ordered to serve seven.