2 Good Samaritans Killed Helping Crash Victim
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VALLEY VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two Good Samaritans were electrocuted and several others were injured while coming to the rescue of a man who crashed into a hydrant and knocked down a live electric wire in Valley Village.
The single-vehicle crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 12000 block of Magnolia Boulevard near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Authorities said the driver lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to make a turn from Magnolia Boulevard.
Irma Zamora, 41, rushed from her nearby apartment to help the driver and was shocked by water energized by the power line and later died.
Zamora's neighbors watched helplessly as her body went lifeless.
"We didn't see sparks. We didn't see anything. It was a silent shock," said a witness. "It was a silent death. God rest that woman's soul."
Another woman driving with her husband got out of their car to help Zamora. Area resident Jerry Glassman realized what was happening and tried to warn her but it was too late.
"I started screaming at her, 'It's a live wire. Stay back.' She had put both her hands on the woman, and within seconds, she collapsed on top of her," Glassman described. Glassman and seven others who tried to help were not aware that a light post had been knocked down in the accident, exposing live wires that were hidden from view by the SUV and the gushing water from a busted fire hydrant.
As more people approached the scene to help, more of them were shocked. Witnesses said they heard people screaming.
"There was some gentleman going, "Don't touch her! Don't touch her!' Then there was somebody else going, 'Somebody help her! Somebody pull her out!'" said witness Everett Hernandez. "I saw people. It looked like they were wrestling...but what they were really doing is they were pulling people from getting electrocuted because there was a live wire under the water."
Investigators said that eight people in total were injured, including a police officer. Five people were taken to a hospital and a sixth was treated at the scene and released. The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries.
Investigators said excessive speed was likely a factor of the crash. Alcohol was not believed to be involved.
"This is one of those cases where the village came to help and the villagers suffered as a result of their good will. It's an unfortunate situation," said LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham.
Officials from the Department of Water and Power want to remind people who come across downed power lines to stay in their vehicles and not touch anyone who is in contact with the power source.
Re: 2 Good Samaritans Killed Helping Crash Victim
Yeah, better to assess the damage first then to run in and endanger yourself thus becoming another person someone has to save.