Police have arrested a teenager they said slammed into a fire hydrant and a utility pole that energized a pool of water and killed two women acting as good Samaritans.
Arman Samsonian, 19, turned himself in Thursday after learning authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest. He was booked into a Van Nuys jail on a $100,000 bond. Samsonian faces two felony counts of vehicle manslaughter. He is expected to be in court Nov. 19 for an arraignment hearing, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
Police say Samsonian was speeding on August 22 when he lost control of his SUV while trying to make a turn near the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard. and Ben Avenue in Valley Village. He hit a fire hydrant and a utility pole that ended up energizing a pool of water.
The women – Stacey Lee Schreiber, 39, and Irma Zamora, 40 – tried to run to help the driver, but were electrocuted. Several others were injured.
This story has been updated.