Motorist faces trial in electrocution deaths

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2013 at 3:17 am •  Published: July 25, 2013
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"It was dark," he said. "When I turned the corner I saw water and my wife laying there."

Other neighborhood residents said they heard his screams, heard screeching brakes and a racing engine and rushed over. But they said they sensed danger and stayed back.

Samsonian's friend, Ashot Avanisian, said he was following behind in another car as they headed for the gym. He said traffic was unusually heavy that evening and he followed Samsonian as they "hopped out of lane to the middle lane and then back again." He said he wound up three cars behind his friend and didn't witness the accident. But he said when he tried to help in the aftermath he too was shocked.

Asked how fast his friend was driving, he said, "I just know he was going faster than me."

A police detective testified that Samsonian was taken to a hospital where he told her he had been driving 50 mph in a divider lane on the street that had a speed limit of 35. Some witnesses estimated his speed at 60 to 70 mph. He told the detective he had become impatient with the slow traffic.

"He was definitely driving negligently," the judge concluded at the hearing's end. "He had disregard for others. He made a terrible turn. That was a grossly negligent act."

She ordered him to stand trial and ordered his arraignment for Aug. 7.

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