May 23, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Redondo Beach Victims Fund Established After Four Struck & Killed By Driver:

The fourth victim of the vehicle crash into pedestrians in Redondo Beach Wednesday night sung in the school Christmas concert the pedestrians had been attending, Church authorities said today.

Six-year-old Samuel Gaza, a kindergarten student at St. James Catholic School, was with his mother, Martha, among a large group of people in the crosswalk on the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection with Vincent Street when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Margo Bronstein, 56, of Redondo Beach at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Martha Gaza was also killed in the crash. Two of the other victims, Mary Wilson, 81, and Saeko Matsumura, 87, both of Torrance, were watching their grandchildren perform in the Christmas concert, Archdiocese of Los Angeles spokeswoman Monica Valencia said.

Valencia described Samuel as “a funny, friendly little boy who liked football”.

She said Samuel had sung at the school concert at St. James Church Wednesday night.

Samuel died late Thursday night at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Valencia said.

Bronstein appeared on a gurney in a Torrance courtroom Friday and was charged with four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

She pleaded not guilty to the four felonies, along with one felony count of driving under the influence of a drug, causing injury, and was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail while awaiting her next court appearance Jan. 14.

Police said a total of 11 pedestrians were struck — including the four who died — although the criminal complaint names only nine victims.

Dozens of parishioners attended a midday Mass at the church Thursday to pray for the victims.

Valencia said St. James Catholic Church had established the St. James Redondo Beach Victims Fund to help with funeral and medical costs.

Condolences can be sent to:

St. James Catholic Church,

Att. Monsignor Michael Meyers

415 Vincent St.

Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

in News
Related Posts

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...