Homicide

Police: 3 killed, several injured as car slams into pedestrians leaving California church

  • This Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 booking photo released by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Margo Bronstein, 56, a resident of Redondo Beach that has been arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Bronstein is suspected of hitting a group of pedestrians, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Redondo Beach Police Department)

    This Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 booking photo released by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Margo Bronstein, 56, a resident of Redondo Beach that has been arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Bronstein is suspected of hitting a group of pedestrians, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Redondo Beach Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Mark Milutin, firefighters work on a victim at left after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, 2014.  Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mark Milutin)

    In this photo provided by Mark Milutin, firefighters work on a victim at left after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, 2014. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mark Milutin)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Mark Milutin, firefighters work on a victim after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, 2014.  Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mark Milutin)

    In this photo provided by Mark Milutin, firefighters work on a victim after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, 2014. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mark Milutin)  (The Associated Press)

Police say three people — including two women in their 80s — were killed when a driver struck a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended.

Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman says the crash Wednesday night along the Pacific Coast Highway left as many as nine people injured after the female motorist hit the pedestrians and another car.

Police initially said one person had died.

The woman was driving a white sedan north when she ran a red light, plowed into the pedestrians and then hit another vehicle.

Police took the woman to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.