An intoxicated driver blew through a red light and smashed into a
crowd of people leaving a Christmas pageant at a Southern California
church, killing at least three and leaving almost a dozen people
injured in a crash Wednesday evening, police said.
"The crosswalk was full and the light was red. Someone ran a red light
and ... bodies started flying. It was pretty horrible," witness Marc
Zonno told the TV station. "They flew at least two or three cars down
the street, it was pretty bad. But I'm hoping everybody's going to be
The group had just left a children's Christmas pageant at St. James
Catholic Church, which kept its doors open for prayer after the
horrific wreck. At least two of those injured were children, police
confirmed, but witnesses saw even more young people hurt.
The driver, 56-year-old Margo Bronstein, was arrested for vehicular
manslaughter and suspected DUI at a local hospital as police
investigated whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Mary Wilson, 81, Saeko Imatsumura, 87, and Martha Gaza, 36, all of
Torrance, were killed in the crash, KNBC-TV reported.