19-year-old charged in good Samaritan electrocution deaths
The 19-year-old driver in a Valley Village car crash that electrocuted two good Samaritans has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Friday.
Aman Samsonian, 19, of Glendale, turned himself in around 5 p.m. Thursday after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a warrant for his arrest. He was released around 2 a.m. Friday on $100,000 bail, according to sheriff's department inmate records.
Police said Samsonian was driving recklessly in August when his SUV crashed into a fire hydrant and light pole at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue. Power lines knocked loose by the crash came in contact with water gushing from the damaged fire hydrant, creating a deadly short-circuit.
Half a dozen people, including Samsonian and a Los Angeles police officer, were injured when they suffered electrical shocks at the accident scene.
Two women, Stacey Schreiber, 39, and Irma Zamora, 40, were killed after they rushed to the scene of the collision to help. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials hailed the women as heroes.Samsonian is due in court Nov. 9 for arraignment, officials said.
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Photo: Site of Valley Village car crash that electrocuted two women. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.