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Suspect in USC student's death identified [UPDATED]

April 3, 2009 | 12:57 pm

Updated, 3:15 p.m.: The suspect was identified this afternoon as Claudia Cabrera. She is being held on $1-million bail. Cabrera was arrested Thursday evening and booked this morning, sources said.

The 30-year-old woman arrested in the hit-and-run death of a USC student was driving with a suspended license, according to LAPD sources close to the investigation.

The sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation is ongoing, said the woman was driving her Infiniti around the USC campus Sunday morning with a man. Detectives are still searching for him, as well as the car.

Adrianna Bachan, 18, a freshman at USC, was killed Sunday when a driver ran a red light and struck her and a friend about 3 a.m. as they crossed Jefferson Boulevard near Hoover Street, authorities said.

Marcus Garfinkle, 19, was seriously injured in the crash and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said Bachan and Garfinkle were walking back to campus when a driver traveling east on Jefferson Boulevard struck them.

Bachan was thrown to the side and Garfinkle was carried about 500 feet on the vehicle's windshield before the driver stopped and a passenger got out and threw Garfinkle to the ground, police said. The vehicle then sped off.

Standing in front of reporters at a news conference this morning, Carmen Bachan trembled as she held a letter-size photo of her smiling 18-year-old daughter.

Rather than announcing a recent reward donated by an anonymous donor, Bachan instead announced the arrest of the driver involved in the  hit-and-run accident that stunned many USC students.

"We got finally got one of them. The driver," Bachan said. "Nothing can bring Adrianna back, but I do want justice."

There was a $235,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the driver.

—Richard Winton and Ruben Vives

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