LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal counts against the owner of Hyros Corporation, a party bus rental company which allegedly failed repeatedly to maintain safely operational vehicles.
“With the increased popularity of party buses, it is more important than ever that they comply with safety and maintenance laws,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My office will take every step we can to assure these buses are safe, including filing cases like this.”
Ayrapet Kasabyan, 42, and Hyros Corporation were each charged with 12 criminal counts including: three counts of failure to comply with an out of service order; three counts of operating an out of service vehicle; three counts of failure to maintain a vehicle in safe condition; failure to maintain a vehicle door in safe condition; failure to maintain vehicle tires in safe condition; and failure to keep maintenance or inspection records.
Defendant Kasabyan is facing a maximum sentence of four years and six months in jail and $9,000 in fines, plus penalty assessments. The City Attorney’s Office also filed a probation violation against defendant Hyros Corporation for a case in which the corporation is on probation for false advertising. The corporation is facing $11,500 in fines which includes an additional $2,500 fine for the probation violation.
On September 29, 2013 a passenger riding in a Hyros Corporation party bus died after falling out of a door he was leaning on and landing on the 101 Freeway. Records obtained by the City Attorney’s Office following the accident revealed the company had failed to comply with previously issued out-of-service orders on nine vehicles in its fleet issued in August and September’ 2013. Records also indicate the company continued to use these vehicles more than 50 times after being ordered to cease operating them.
Deputy City Attorney Wonkoo Chang is prosecuting the case. Arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2014 in Department 60 of the Metropolitan Courthouse.