Manslaughter plea over electrocution deaths

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In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, firefighters and paramedics rush a gravely injured unidentified woman to an ambulance as water gushes from hydrant after a collision in North Hollywood. (AP Photo/Rick McClure, File)

In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, firefighters and paramedics rush a gravely injured unidentified woman to an ambulance as water gushes from hydrant after a collision in North Hollywood. (AP Photo/Rick McClure, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man whose car hit a power pole, electrocuting two women who tried to help him, has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Arman Samsonian entered the plea Wednesday. He’ll be sentenced to 70 days of community labor, probation, and a fine and will have to pay restitution.

Authorities say the 21-year-old Glendale man was speeding, passing cars and driving in a left-turn lane in a rush to get to the gym in August of 2012 when he lost control on a turn in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles. The car hit a power pole and fire hydrant.

Prosecutors say that crash created a pool of electrified water, and two women were killed when they tried to help after the accident.

In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, firefighters and paramedics examine two of the eight patients who were shocked after attempting to aid a car crash victim as water gushes from hydrant in North Hollywood. (AP Photo/Rick McClure, File)

In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, firefighters and paramedics examine two of the eight patients who were shocked after attempting to aid a car crash victim as water gushes from hydrant in North Hollywood. (AP Photo/Rick McClure, File)

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