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Good Samaritan electrocuted in Valley Village is identified

One of two women who died after being electrocuted at a car accident in Valley Village was identified as Irma Zamora, 40, of Burbank, police said Thursday. Zamora and another woman rushed to help the driver, who lost control of his vehicle about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday and smashed into a light pole and fire hydrant at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, sparking an electrical hazard.

“These women saw the accident occur and went to try to rescue the individual inside the vehicle,” said Officer Tenesha Dobine of the Los Angeles Police Department. “They were injured when they came into contact with the water.”

Both women died at the scene. Dobine said as many as eight others also tried to help and some were injured. She did not know how seriously they were hurt. 

AUDIO: Eyewitness account by Valley Village resident Jackie Montgomery

Skyler Maxon, 23, and his twin brother, Beau, who live near the intersection, heard the accident and rushed out of their apartment. By the time they got outside, one woman had already been injured by the water that had gushed out of the hydrant and come into contact with downed power lines, Skyler Maxon said.


“She was lying on her back next to the hydrant and we were talking to her to see if she was conscious,” the young man said. “My brother reached out and touched her and that’s when he found out she’d been electrocuted. He was shocked too and he just fell back.”

Maxon said he and another man pulled his brother out of the water. “We were all in the water but he was touching her,” he said.

Meanwhile, a second woman approached the injured woman and apparently didn’t hear shouted warnings to stay away. She touched the first one and collapsed, Maxon said.

Maxon said his brother was transported to Sherman Oaks Hospital and was treated in the intensive care unit but was expected to be released Thursday.


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