Motorist faces trial in electrocution deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney’s argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.
The lawyer, Andrew Flier, said he could find no case in history comparable to that of Aman Samsonian, the driver of an SUV that hit a fire hydrant and electrical pole. Two women who witnessed the crash waded into electrified water to help and died. The driver and others suffered electric shocks.
A Los Angeles judge who heard testimony Wednesday from eight witnesses including a man whose wife perished concluded that Samsonian was driving with gross negligence and had a disregard for the safety of others when he caused the accident. Arraignment was set for Aug. 7.