Redondo Beach Driver Plead Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter [Update]

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Redondo Beach resident, Margo Bronstein, 56, plead not guilty on Friday through her attorney, Jeff Gray, to the vehicular manslaughter of four people on Wednesday night, according to a report by the AP. Her car ran into a group of pedestrians at an intersection on Vincent Street, in front of St. James Catholic Church. A 6-year-old boy was one of the victims of the deadly crash. Her car did not stop until it ran headfirst into another vehicle. Preliminary news about this tragic car crash was reported in a Breaking News article by a reporter at the Guardian Liberty Voice.

Margo Bronstein, who suffers from a long-term disability she has had since birth, was also injured in the crash. She received a few broken ribs and internal injuries. Friends of hers state that she used a wheelchair and walker to get around. Her bail has been set at $500,000 and her next court date will be on January 14. a conviction could result in a sentence of 40 years in prison.

Though drugs are suspected to have been involved in the crash, and Bronstein was also charged with DUI, the drugs are prescription ones that she may have had an adverse reaction to, or she may have over-medicated herself, though her lawyer did not comment on this possibility. Jeff Gray worried that there was “almost a mob mentality about this case,” and added that his client does not drink.

Gray suggested that Bronstein’s specially made handbrakes could have had a problem or might have malfunctioned. Besides the handbrakes, her car also contained special mirrors.

When Margo Bronstein of Redondo Beach appeared in court on Friday, she was wheeled in, handcuffed to a hospital gurney. She talked only to her lawyer during the court proceedings. Though Jeff Gray told the judge that the tragic accident seemed to not have been intentional, the judge set her bail at $500,000, the amount that the prosecutors had asked for in the case.

Bronstein’s lawyer urged people not to “jump to conclusions,” as to his client’s guilt and what caused her car to plow into the crowd of civilians in the city of Redondo Beach. He said that the toxicology report is not in yet, and that a malfunction of her brakes had not yet been ruled out. She had a perfect driving record prior to the deadly crash that killed four in Redondo Beach.

According to police, eight adults and five children were injured, some suffering broken bones, as a result of the Wednesday night car crash. It occurred in front of St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach after a Christmas concert let out.

The youngest victim was 6-year-old Samuel Gaza, who died on Thursday in a local hospital from his injuries. Samuel had sung in the concert, and was reportedly dragged by Bronstein’s car until it eventually crashed head-on into another car.

The other victims, all adults, died earlier. Martha Gaza, 36, Samuel’s mother, was one of the victims, along with Torrance residents Saeko Matsumura, 87, and Mary Anne Wilson, 81.

In Redondo Beach on Friday, Margo Bronstein plead not guilty to the four felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and one count of DUI. The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, after a Christmas concert.

Written by Douglas Cobb

Sources:
Guardian Liberty Voice
AP “The Big Story”
CBS Local
Photo by Gregory Wake – Flickr License

One Response to "Redondo Beach Driver Plead Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter [Update]"

  1. Christopher Everspark   January 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This is an absolute tragedy that leaves many families and the churchgoers mourning over these losses.

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