REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A driver hit a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people—including two women in their 80s—and leaving up to nine others injured, police said.
Ambulances rushed some of the pedestrians to hospitals, and others were able to drive themselves, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said Thursday. The nature of their injuries was not immediately known, but officials said at least one child was among those hurt.
Police identified the women killed as Mary Anne Wilson, 81, and Saeko Matsumura, 87, both of Torrance. The third person who died has not been identified pending notification of family.
Wednesday night’s crash along the Pacific Coast Highway left as many as nine people injured, but the exact number wasn’t immediately clear, police said.
A woman was driving a white sedan north when she ran a red light, plowed into the pedestrians and then hit another vehicle.
“The crosswalk was full and the light was red,” witness Marco Zonno told KNBC-TV. “Someone ran the red light, and bodies started flying. It was pretty horrible.”
Police took the woman to a hospital, where she was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence. Authorities were investigating whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The crash comes three days after another driver now charged with drunken driving injured 11 people who were parked and looking at a holiday light display in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra.