Crashes happen every day in Los Angeles and surrounding California. Many have the same elements to them, but every so often a unique situation comes up that more significantly rocks a community.

In San Fernando Valley last August, a teenager was driving when he caused a severe crash. Though it was a single motor vehicle accident, the accident still proved to be fatal for two good Samaritans who tried to help. The fatal accident has led to criminal charges against the teen driver, even though his car never touched the victims.

The 19-year-old defendant is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after the victims died by electrocution tied to the crash. While speeding, the teen reportedly crashed into both a light pole and fire hydrant — a lethal combination of damage.

Electricity charged the water and set up a deadly scene for all around. The good Samaritans who rushed to try to help walked into the charged water and suffered fatal injuries as a result. It is a less common way to die related to a car accident, but prosecutors still believe that the deaths were direct consequences of the teen’s reckless driving.

News reports don’t disclose whether the victims, ages 40 and 39, have surviving family and whether that family feels that targeting the teen driver is appropriate. Wrongful death lawsuits would be an option for any surviving family if they do feel that they want to seek justice from a civil law standpoint.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. Do you think that the deaths by electrocution in this case should be treated just as though the victims were hit by the reckless driver?

Source: KABC-TV Los Angeles, “Driver pleads not guilty to electrocution deaths in Valley Village,” Sid Garcia, Nov. 19, 2012