Driver in Crash That Electrocuted Two Women Pleads No Contest

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A 21-year-old Glendale man whose car crash led to the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans who tried to come to his aid pleaded no contest Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter.


Two women were electrocuted after coming to the aid of a man involved in a crash in a Valley Village neighborhood on Aug. 22, 2012. (Credit: KTLA)

Arman Samsonian was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit a light pole and a water hydrant on Magnolia Boulevard in Valley Village on Aug. 22, 2012, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

After the crash, a pool of water from the hydrant came in contact with the exposed electrical wires, energizing it, the release stated.

When bystanders Irma Yolanda Zamora, 40, and Stacey Lee Schreiber, 39, rushed over to help Samsonian they stepped into the charged water and were electrocuted, prosecutor said.

Samsonian faced a sentence of three years formal probation and 70 days of community labor, the release stated.

He was also expected to be ordered to pay fines and restitution to the women’s families.

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