A 19-year-old Glendale man whose vehicle toppled a light pole and a fire hydrant in August has been charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the electrocution deaths of two women who tried to help in the collision’s aftermath, the District Attorney’s Office announced today.
An arraignment hearing for Arman Samsonian (DOB 03/07/93) is set for Nov. 19 in Department 100 of the Van Nuys Courthouse. He surrendered to Los Angeles police on Thursday. Samonian was released after posting bail earlier today. He is charged in case No. LA072379.
Samsonian is accused of driving at a high rate of speed and losing control of his vehicle on Magnolia Boulevard in Valley Village on Aug. 22 at approximately 8:20 p.m. The posted speed limit is 35 mph.
The vehicle struck a light pole and a fire hydrant. The resulting pool of water came into contact with exposed electrical wires, energizing it.
Irma Yolanda Zamora, 40, of Burbank, and Stacey Lee Schreiber, 39, of Valley Village, were electrocuted in the collision’s aftermath as they tried to assist.
Samsonian faces a maximum of seven years and four months in prison if convicted.