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Boating death case to go to D.A. next week

Body of youth killed in crash on Pyramid Lake being returned to Russia

Posted: July 3, 2012 5:22 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 5:22 p.m.


Charges may be filed in the boating death of a 16-year-old Russian boy at Pyramid Lake last weekend, the lead investigator in the case said Tuesday.

“I will be presenting the case to the (Los Angeles County District Attorney) next week,” Sgt. Roger Wallace of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau told The Signal when asked about criminal charges.

The body of the deceased, meanwhile, has been identified and is expected to be turned over to staffers at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, who were traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday, officials report.

Investigators at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner have identified the young boating victim as Harut Emmanuel Shabazyan, a 16-year-old vacationing in California.

“We contacted the father in Moscow,” coroner’s spokesman Lt. Fred Corral said. “The father is arranging transfer of the body with someone at the Russian Consulate.”

The county coroner was expected to perform a post-mortem examination of the body Tuesday, Corral said.

Shabazyan died Sunday when the Waverunner watercraft he was riding collided with a ski boat, Wallace said.

A second man, who was with Shabazyan on the watercraft, was seriously hurt in the crash and remains in Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Wallace said.

At least one witness to the crash has been interviewed by the lead investigator.

The ski boat operator reportedly jumped into the water to help the boy, who was face-down and motionless in the water, as well as his passenger, a Sheriff’s Department release said.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the accident, Wallace said.




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