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$135,000 reward offered in fatal USC hit-and-run case [UPDATED]

April 1, 2009 | 11:38 am

Hit-and-run The Los Angeles City Council this morning unanimously approved a $75,000 reward for information leading to the driver who struck and killed an 18-year-old University of Southern California student and injured a 19-year-old male student early Sunday morning. Update, 12:25 p.m.: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has also offered a $10,000 reward. Officials at USC announced that they are offering a $50,000 reward as well, bringing the total to $135,000.

Detectives say the driver ran a red light near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street and hit Adrianna Bachan and Marcus Garfinkle as they walked in the crosswalk about 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Bachan died from her injuries at a hospital. Garfinkle was carried 500 feet on the windshield of the car before the vehicle stopped and a passenger removed his body from the hood of the car and threw him to the ground, according to witnesses. He is still in serious condition.

Bachan’s mother, Carmen Bachan, and several of her daughter’s sorority sisters tearfully asked members of the City Council and the public Wednesday morning for assistance in finding Bachan’s killer. 

“All I am pleading is whoever saw anything -- please come forward. I need to catch these animals,” Bachan told the council. “Please I beg you, help.”

Detectives are looking for the driver and passenger of a black sedan, which may be a Lexus, a Honda Accord or a Toyota Corolla. Witnesses told police the driver had a shaved head.

Police officials believe the front end of the vehicle, and possibly the windshield, were damaged in the accident, and they have distributed fliers describing the vehicle to auto body shops south of the 10 Freeway all the way to the Harbor area.

-- Maeve Reston

Photo: On Monday, Carmen Bachan, mother of hit-and-run victim Adrianna Bachan, 18, holds up a photograph of her late daughter. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times