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UPDATED: Focus Shifts to Reckless Driving in Good Samaritan Deaths

Authorities are investigating a new angle in a crash that led to the electrocution of two good Samaritans.

UPDATE--5:37 p.m: The driver of the crashed vehicle was identified by LAPD as 19-year-old Arman Samsonian of Glendale. His name is being disclosed because several media outlets have already named him as the driver, said Officer Cleon Joseph.

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The car crash in Valley Village on Wednesday that knocked over a fire hydrant and a power pole, , is now being investigated as a reckless driving case, CBS2 reports.

The driver of the 2012 Chevy Traverse, 19-year-old Arman Samsonian of Glendale, lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn and sheared a hydrant at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue around 8:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Several people attempted to render aid, while two women were electrocuted after stepping in gushing water that was exposed to downed power lines, authorities said.

Witnesses told CBS2 that the vehicle was speeding and possibly racing.

“They were racing. There were two cars,” nearby resident Jacqueline Montgomery told CBS2. “They weren’t going 35, let me tell you.”

Irma Zamora was one of the women who died trying to help the crashed vehicle, while the other, identified by neighbors, was Stacy Schrieber.

Samsonian is being hospitalized with injuries, according to NBC.

Carol Kaplon-Levine August 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
reckless to say the least...I watch them in my neighborhood...Denny Ave and Collins Street and they drive like manics....no regard for animals,kids or anyone else....and the school zone at Oxnard Elementary is a joke...watching idiots speed through when kids are going to and leaving school...LAPD needs to start cracking down on speeders and other offenders of the 25 residential speed limit...
robert August 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM
This guy will most likely face manslaughter charges because he was breaking the law, which caused the crash and the deaths in the fist place.
David Rivers August 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
This is a good opportunity to bring to light a key cultural shift that needs to happen in the Armenian community. Nobody says it out of fear of being called a racist, but it needs to be said so that more lives are not lost unnecessarily. We all know that community has a much higher tendency to speed around recklessly and cut people off. There's a reason why Glendale was ranked the 2nd worst city in AMERICA for worst drivers: http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-citieswiththeworstdrivers/10/
Kim Neal August 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The driver will not be charged in the deaths of the lovely strong brave souls who went in to help. That was their choice and not the fault of the young man. This did not happen because a person from "Armenia" was driving. I doubt the women who gave their lives would appreciate the crucification of a young driver who made a mistake...
Yami August 30, 2012 at 03:42 AM
.......a mistake? Are you kiddin'? Its the need for speed
Karin Pinga August 30, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Idiot, are you impying that the cretan Armen Samsonian has no fault in all of this tragedy? I live in Glendale and nary a month goes by without someone getting butchered in a crosswalk only to find the Armenian offender trying to cross the border into Mexico with cash to evade justice. These people are rotten to the core.
Carol Kaplon-Levine August 31, 2012 at 01:46 AM
wow can we keep the prejudice to a minimum....we all have offenders among us....does not matter where your from what color your skin is....no one is perfect...and please make sure to get yourself on video walking on water if you think you are...because you must PROVE it!
S. Silver November 01, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Someone once told me that stereotypes are there for a reason. The stereotypes that applies to the Armenian community relating to their driving habits include a lack of courtesy, recklessness, and rudeness. I too have witnessed an alarmingly high rate of near collisions due to these habits. For those that take life seriously, such driving habits are not appreciated. God bless those women who had the courage to help another in need - do not feel the same way about the Armenian young man who caused their deaths. Most I speak with hope the punishment here fits the crime and that he pays for it for the rest of his life - maybe then others will be deterred and the well-earned stereotype will start to change for the better.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 21, 2012 at 04:11 AM
It has been a curiosity with me for a long time: why did the A's choose Glendale to launch their invasion? Maybe it is a payback...in the 30's and 40's, Glendale was all white, anglo saxon. protestant..(WASP) and a person of color had better be out of town by Sunset. That is why Glendale was so very special back then..if you were a WASP. There is a great campaign to sell our country on the value of diverse peoples from every where, yet, studies have shown that diverse divides, not unifies and this philosophy does not have a good track record in ages past. The attitude of the people you spoke of also has translated into their raping the Verdugo Hills. Terraced , ....scarred, ......big homes....Business and greed have built their sky scrapers....But, Glendale still lives in our memories...Perhaps the "big one" will cause the visitors to flee for their lives....
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 21, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Dear Toluca Lake: It seems if you have made a mark, you leave behind a "body of work" and if not, you just leave behind a body. The reason I single out Toluca Lake is I always like the sound of the name. I lived in Glendale from 1944-1960, and my parents went through T.L a few times and I liked what I saw and I speak of the 1940's. I can't explain this...maybe its like Haiku...but Toluca Lake brings a memory of a large area of green,like a golf course, and a big clock ticking. I see a sign..a neon sign of a clock ticking....I can't make heads nor tails of it. I think T.L is pretty upscale....sometthing like Pacoima....maybe I am confused. This is a real stab in the dark, but my Father's doctor was in Westwood Village and I went there with him some. The doctor's last name was KALFUS or CALFUS. I remember him for two reasons: 1) He gave me an iron shot which I could taste in my mouth, and 2) my Dad went for another appointment only to be told that Dr, Kalfus died suddenly. It is not impossible that one of the readers might know something about this doctor. I live in Oklahoma, having moved here from Glendale in 1960. Big mistake. Good chatting with you. Bob Fishback..age 73....(Looked a great deal like James Dean when I was in my early 20's) .

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