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Street Light at Valley Village Tragedy Site Removed

The light was a replacement of the pole that was struck by a car on Aug. 22 and electrified a pool of water that killed two good Samaritans.

A street light at the scene of a nearly two weeks ago that electrocuted two women was removed Saturday until a low-voltage lighting system is installed, according to LA Councilman Paul Krekorian's blog.

The street light and a fire hydrant at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue were replaced a few days after they were knocked down Aug. 22 by a car driven by 19-year-old Arman Samsonian of Glendale.

Two women, 40-year-old Irma Zamora of Burbank and Valley Village resident Stacey Schreiber, 39, attempted to help Samsonian but were electrocuted in a pool of water that mixed with electrical wiring as a result of the crash.

Following the accident, some area residents expressed concerns over the high-voltage street light to Krekorian's office, said Communications Director Jeremy Oberstein.

"The councilman immediately called for increased safety measures to the region, such as installing a speed trailer and more enforcement of Magnolia Boulevard to cut down on speeding," Oberstein said. "Part of our efforts is to also allay any concerns included taking out the street light while the city continues its long-term project to replace high voltage wiring with low voltage electricity."

On Friday, Krekorian asked for the removal of the street light, which the city's Bureau of Street Lighting carried out the following day. The pole's base was covered with cement, Oberstein said.

The street light will eventually be re-installed once the bureau's ongoing city-wide implementation of low-voltage lighting reaches Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, he said.

Wattage at street lights near the one that was removed at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue were increased to ensure the neighborhood is properly illuminated, Oberstein said.

No charges have been filed against Samsonian, though the crash is being investigated as a

are still being accepted.

Grant Miles September 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Increasing enforcement is all well-and-good, but the speeding problem is not limited to Magnolia Blvd. I live on Moorpark St and often hear cars blast past my apartment with motor screaming. In the past 4 years I've lived in this corner, I've seen 4 or 5 accidents along my street, many quite serious. I feel safe in saying my observations are not uncommon to other major streets in the area. Sure, step up enforcement, but step it up everywhere. If you concentrate enforcement in one area, the problem simply moves to another area.
Doug Mortenson September 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Grant is correct, while enforcement should be part of the solution, there are far too many streets and far too few police officers to police them and it's certainly not worth pulling officers off their beat just to harass joe leadfoot. The lesson here needs to be: when you are approaching an accident scene where a car has hit a pole, but ESPECIALLY a fire hydrant, always caution on the side of safety. Call the fire department, they will be there quickly and they know how to assess.
JAGR September 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I live on a small dead end side street off magnolia and they screech and speed down my street too...makes me nervous cuz there are kids riding bikes, etc...expecting a street like that to be safe...
Yami September 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
.....they've been installing new LEDs in the newer fixtures, but my guess, is they left the ole pole up because of the look. Theirs a lot of the ole fixtures in DownTown LA

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