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Fundraiser for Valley Village victims exceeds $10,000

August 31, 2012 | 12:05 pm

A fundraising effort to help pay the ambulance fees for the families of the victims of a Valley Village tragedy that electrocuted two women and injured half a dozen others collected more than $10,000 in donations in less than 24 hours.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian announced the effort Thursday to help pay the fees and exceeded the initial goal by the next day.

"The response has just been inspiring," said Jeremy Oberstein, a spokesman for Krekorian.

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According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, seven victims were charged a combined total of about $10,000, based on the type of emergency care they received and the miles driven to the hospital.

Krekorian's office will discuss with the families what to do with the additional funds but said it was still too early to tell how they will be spent.

The tragic series of events began the evening of Aug. 22 when 19-year-old Arman Samsonion, of Glendale, crashed his SUV into a light pole and fire hydrant at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue.

Stacey Schreiber, 39, and Irma Zamora, 40, tried to rescue him by running into the water that flowed from the shorn fire hydrant, but the water was electrically charged from the downed power lines.

Half a dozen other people were injured from electrical shocks when they ran in to help.

The Valley Interfaith Council, a nonprofit based in San Fernando Valley, is collecting the funds. More information on how to donate can be found at cd2.lacity.org.


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