Electrocuted Good Samaritan's son: 'I am just so proud of her'
David Aguilar, 21, said when he got a call about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday that his mother, Irma Zamora, had been electrocuted, he went to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where his stepfather “was a mess.”
He also saw his mother lying in a hospital bed, where she looked "just peaceful."
Zamora -- who had been a longtime Glendale resident until moving to Burbank about six years ago -- was heroic, brave, strong, "always tried her hardest to get whatever she wanted" and was "always trying to help someone," Aguilar told the Burbank Leader on Thursday.
"The fact that my mom died being a hero, I am just so proud of her," he said.
He said he wasn't surprised that she tried to help.
"The fact that she died in the process is what shocks me," Aguilar said.
Zamora was electrocuted after she ran toward the wrecked SUV and stepped into an electrified pool of water that had been created by a spewing hydrant and a downed light pole at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue in Valley Village.
Zamora's husband also reached the water and was shocked, though not as badly, said Jaime Moore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
He had to be restrained from trying to rescue his wife, Moore said.
"By the time we came, the husband was screaming" for his wife, said Sue Kochoo, a neighbor who also hurried to the scene after hearing the crash.
Another woman, who has yet to be identified, also died and several others, including the driver of the SUV and an LAPD officer, were also injured trying to help.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday hailed Zamora and others as heroes.
“They did what good Samaritans have done in this community many times,” he said.
He also urged the public to take precautions when coming upon an accident scene. “We don’t want anyone hurt in the process,” he said.
-- Veronica Rocha in Burbank and Sam Quinones in Valley Village
Photo: Ana Aviles weeps as she grieves for her sister, Irma Zamora, who died while trying to help an accident victim. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times