Fourth Victim, 6-Year-Old Boy, Dies in Church Christmas Show DUI Crash | NBC Southern California

Fourth Victim, 6-Year-Old Boy, Dies in Church Christmas Show DUI Crash

Samuel Gaza, 6, and his mother were in a crosswalk crowded with concertgoers leaving a children's holiday show at a church when they were struck by a DUI suspect



    A 6-year-old boy is the fourth person to die after a suspected DUI driver struck a group outside a church in Redondo Beach Wednesday. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 (Published Friday, Dec. 19, 2014)

    A fourth victim, identified as a 6-year-old boy, has died after a DUI suspect struck a group of people in a crowded crosswalk as they left a children's Christmas show Wednesday night at a Southern California church.

    Samuel Gaza was among a dozen people who were in a crosswalk outside St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach when they were struck by a driver who, according to witnesses, ran a red light and swerved around vehicles stopped at a red light. Gaza was hospitalized Thursday in critical condition and died late Thursday night, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

    Gaza's mother, 36-year-old Martha Gaza, also was killed in the crash. Mary Wilson, 81, and Saeko Matsumura, 87, all from Torrance, also died Wednesday night.

    Police confirmed at a Thursday morning news conference that prescription drug use by the driver is part of their investigation. Police also confirmed a witness account that the driver went around other vehicles stopped at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Vincent Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

    Friends Mourn Women Killed in Crash Outside Church

    [LA] Friends Mourn Women Killed in Crash Outside Church
    Friends, neighbors and relatives mourned the women killed outside of a church when a suspected DUI driver crashed into a group Christmas concertgoers. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    Two adults and a child were in stable condition Friday morning. Six other victims were treated for minor cuts and bruises before they were released from the hospital.

    Witness accounts provided to police indicated the driver, headed northbound on Pacific Coast Highway, went around vehicles stopped at the intersection and entered the left turn lane. The driver then continued north on PCH, striking another vehicle and pedestrians, according to police.

    Parishioners returned to the church Thursday morning and at noon for services to remember the victims. Michael Tovar, a St. James parishioner, said he will never recover from what he saw.

    "I was standing by the front of his car and looked down, me and another gentleman, and there was the little boy underneath his left front tire," he said. "I thought it was a jacket his car was on. It was underneath the left front tire. I could not believe that."

    Friend Defends Woman Accused in Redondo Beach Crash

    [LA] Friend Defends Woman Accused in Redondo Beach Crash
    A man who calls himself a longtime friend of the woman accused of driving into a crowd of people outside a church says she was disabled and that something must have gone terribly wrong. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    Police identified the suspect as 56-year-old Margo Bronstein. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. Bronstein was treated at a hospital for injuries before she was taken to the Redondo Beach Police Department jail, where she is being held on $300,000 bond.

    She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday.

    DMV records indicated the Bronstein does not have prior criminal offenses. Her vehicle was equipped with modifications for drivers with disabilities, including an additional passenger-side mirror and hand controls, according to California Department of Motor Vehicle records.

    Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

    St. James Catholic Church set up a donation account for victims' families. To donate, visit

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