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Man pleads not guilty to manslaughter in boating accident

Teen visiting from Russia was killed in 2012 collision on Pyramid Lake

Posted: July 31, 2013 6:54 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 6:54 p.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter lifts off at Pyramid Lake with a critically injured man after a collision at Pyramid Lake in July 2012. One teen was killed in the collision between a Waverunner and a ski boat. Signal file photo by Rick McClure

The man charged in the boating death last summer of a visiting Russian teen has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter.

Nshan Sogomonyan, 29, of San Fernando appeared in Newhall Municipal Court in Santa Clarita in June and entered a plea of not guilty to two misdemeanor counts, including manslaughter during operation of a vessel and reckless and negligent operation.

Sogomonyan was charged eight months after a boating crash on Pyramid Lake on July 1, 2012, that killed 16-year-old Harut Shabazyan.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 29 for a pretrial conference and trial setting.

Shabazyan was killed and another man critically injured when their Waverunner watercraft and a 21-foot ski boat collided on the lake. Shabazyan was in Southern California visiting from Russia.

A month after the crash, sheriff’s investigators with the Parks Bureau said they were pursuing criminal charges in the boating death. Sogomonyan was arrested in April and released on bail.

On the day of the crash, Shabazyan and Sogomonyan were riding on the watercraft when it and the boat collided, sheriff’s Parks Bureau officials said.
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