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Boating fatality on Pyramid Lake will be reviewed for criminal charges

Posted: March 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Criminal charges are pending in July’s fatal boating crash on Pyramid Lake that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy visiting from Russia, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Detectives with the Parks Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wrapped up an 8-month investigation last week into the boating death, said Sgt. Don Rubio.

On Thursday, Rubio and his partner submitted their findings with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in San Fernando for review.

“He took it to the DA in San Fernando,” Rubio said.

“We got everything together including a last minute warrant for some DNA,” Rubio told The Signal last week.

Prosecutors are now expected to review the report and the recommendations made by detectives that criminal charges should be laid and pursued in court, Rubio said.

Among the options available to prosecutors, Rubio said, include: negligence, vehicle operation and involuntary manslaughter.

A decision on which way the DA is expected proceed, if any, should be revealed this week.

Jet Ski

On July 1, a teen visiting California from Russia was killed and another man critically injured when their Jet Ski and a boat collided on Pyramid Lake.

The two men were riding a yellow Jet Ski when it and the boat collided about mid afternoon that day, Parks Bureau Sgt. Roger Wallace said at the time.

“It was a PWC (personal watercraft) versus one boat. One person is fatal; the other with significant trauma,” he said then.

Killed in the crash was Harut Emmanuel Shabazyan, of Russia.

The collision occurred on the lake north of Castaic, at a location one half mile from the boat launch, near two white buoys.

The survivor of the crash was airlifted by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

That man is still recovering from those injuries, Rubio said last week.

“The other victim is pretty badly hurt,” he said. “He’s barely walking, but he’s walking.”

Parks Bureau detectives were confident early on in the probe that a crime had taken place.

Two days after the crash, investigators revealed that criminal charges might be filed in relation to the boating death.

On Thursday, those concerns were passed on to prosecutors.

A witness

More than two dozen boaters — many with children onboard — were on the lake at the time of the collision, but no one interviewed by The Signal about the incident said they saw it actually occur.

At least one witness to the crash, however, was interviewed by the lead investigator.

Shabazyan’s body was turned over to staffers at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, who traveled to Los Angeles to retrieve it.

Consulate staff then contacted the boy’s father in Moscow who made arrangements for its transfer to Russia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said at the time.


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