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UPDATE: San Fernando Valley man arrested in boating death last summer

Posted: April 24, 2013 3:40 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2013 7:19 p.m.

A 29-year-old man has been charged in the boating death of a young Russian man on Pyramid Lake last summer, court papers show.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested Nshan Sogomonyan of the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday on suspicion he committed two misdemeanor crimes, including manslaughter, during the operation of a vessel and reckless operation of a vessel, according to a copy of the misdemeanor complaint.

On July 1, 2012, a tourist visiting from Europe was killed and another man critically injured when their Waverunner watercraft and a 21-foot ski boat collided on Pyramid Lake.

The collision occurred on the lake north of Castaic at a location one-half mile from the boat launch.

Harut Emmanuel Shabazyan, 16, who was visiting Southern California from Russia, died in the crash.

A month after the crash, sheriff’s investigators with the Parks Bureau said they were pursuing criminal charges in the boating death.

Sogomonyan, who was arrested Tuesday, posted bail and is scheduled to appear in Santa Clarita Court next month for arraignment.

He is accused of manslaughter for allegedly “operating a vessel, in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, but without gross negligence,” according to the criminal complaint.

He is also accused of allegedly using “a vessel in a reckless and negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb and property of another.”

On the day of the crash, two men were riding on the watercraft when it and the boat collided, Sgt. Roger Wallace of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau said at the time.

Those two men were later identified as by sheriff’s detectives as Shabazyan and Sogomonyan.
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