Police arrest suspect in hit and run of USC student

Los Angeles Police say they’ve arrested the driver in the hit-and-run death of a USC freshman. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police have not yet named the suspect or arrested two passengers in the car.

The case drew widespread attention in part because of the role of one of the passengers in the hit-and-run. Police say the car hit and killed 19-year-old Adrianna Bachan and seriously injured 19-year-old Marcus Garfinkle when it ran a red light around 3 a.m. Sunday.

After the accident, one of the passengers got out, pulled Garfinkle off the hood of the car, and placed him on the sidewalk. Witnesses say the car’s windshield was so badly damaged by impact with the victims that one of the passengers hung out a side window holding the windshield glass in place as the car sped off.

An anonymous couple donated $100,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the driver and passengers. That fund reached $235,000 – one of the largest in the city’s history. Police didn’t say whether the reward was a factor in the arrest.