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Second good Samaritan electrocuted in Valley Village is identified

August 24, 2012 | 11:40 am

PHOTOS: Good Samaritans electrocuted after crash

Authorities identified Friday the second woman electrocuted when she went to help the victims of a Valley Village traffic collision.

Stacey SchreiberLos Angeles County coroner’s officials said the good Samaritan was Stacey Schreiber, 39, who lived near the accident scene at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue. 

Police and witnesses said Schreiber and Irma Zamora, 40, tried to rescue others after the collision but came into contact with water charged by downed power lines. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials have hailed the women as heroes.

PHOTOS: Good Samaritans electrocuted after crash

The tragic series of events began at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday when a 19-year-old man driving west on Magnolia careened through the intersection and crashed his SUV into the light pole and hydrant. The driver has not been identified.

Half a dozen people, including the driver and a Los Angeles police officer, were injured when they suffered electrical shocks at the accident scene.

The investigation into the accident may take weeks or even months, police detectives said Friday.

"The assessment will take some time," said Det. Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

"It's an unfortunate traffic collision, but unless there's any criminal negligence, the city attorney or district attorney won't file," Bustos said.


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Photo: A candle burns at the scene of Wednesday's car crash in Valley Village that led to the electrocution of two women; Stacey Schreiber. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times; KTLA-TV, Channel 5