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Calif. man charged in Good Samaritans' deaths

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POSTED October 26, 2012 9:15 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man was charged Friday with killing two women who were electrocuted after his SUV struck a fire hydrant and light pole.

Aman Samsonian, 19, turned himself in Thursday and faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of Stacy Schreiber, 39, and Irma Zamora, 40. He faces up to seven years and four months in prison if convicted.

Samsonian had been driving at a high rate of speed, but drugs and alcohol didn't appear to be factors in the crash, police said. The posted speed limit in the area was 35 mph.

The women were killed in August when they tried to help Samsonian after his vehicle hit a hydrant and toppled a light pole. Since the crash occurred at night, the downed electric lines may have been hard to see.

The two women stepped in electrified water created by the collision. Their bodies remained in the pool, which continued to grow from the hydrant gush. Several people tried to help, including Samsonian and a police officer, but they also were injured by electric shocks.

Samsonian surrendered after Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators issued an arrest warrant. It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney.


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