Man Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly USC Hit-And-Run

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Article Date: 5/13/2009 | Resource: MLG

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly USC Hit-And-Run

“Josue Luna, 33, Is Accused Of Pulling Marcus Garfinkle Off His Wife’s Car”

A man Thursday pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly pulled a critically injured USC student off the hood of his wife’s car.

Adrianna Bachan, 18, was killed when she was stuck by the vehicle and her 19-year-old friend, Marcus Garfinkle, was seriously injured. The students were crossing Jefferson Boulevard at Hoover Street around 3 a.m. on March 29.

Authorities allege that 33-year-old Josue Luna, who was a passenger in his wife’s Infiniti, pulled Garfinkle off the hood of the car and put him in the street before he got back in the car.

A court commissioner hearing the case denied bail for Luna, saying he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

He was handcuffed and taken into custody, pending a preliminary hearing on May 26.

Luna, now 33, was arrested April 18 in San Ysidro while crossing into the United States from Mexico, but had been released on $50,000 bail.


s wife, Claudia Cabrera, 30, was jailed on $1 million bail on one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.

On April 6, she pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on June 29, when a date will be scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial.

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