Alleged DUI Driver Plows Into Crowd Leaving Christmas Pageant in Redondo Beach; 1 Dead, Several Critical

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Paramedics respond to numerous people who were injured by a car that drove into a crowd in Redondo Beach at Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street on Dec. 17, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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One person was killed and nearly a dozen others injured Wednesday when a car ran a red light and plowed into a group of pedestrians outside a church in Redondo Beach, police said.

Paramedics respond after numerous people are injured Wednesday night after a car drove into a crowd in Redondo Beach at Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)
Paramedics respond after numerous people are injured Wednesday night after a car drove into a crowd in Redondo Beach at Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The crash occurred around 8 p.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street in front of St. James Catholic Church.

A woman in a white car driving north on PCH ran a red light at the intersection of Vincent Street, striking a group of pedestrians, according to Lt. Joe Hoffman with the Redondo Beach Police Department.

The woman kept going and ultimately collided head on with a second vehicle, said Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

Police said a woman ran a red light and struck a group of pedestrians before colliding head-on with another vehicle in Redondo Beach. (Credit: KTLA)
Police said a woman ran a red light and struck a group of pedestrians before colliding head-on with another vehicle in Redondo Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

A third vehicle also became involved when one of the pedestrians was knocked into the air and smashed into the windshield of a passing SUV.

At least one adult was confirmed dead, according to Hoffman.

Several of the pedestrians suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to a number of area hospitals in critical condition, he said.

At least two of the victims were children, Hoffman said.

The victims were leaving the church after attending an elementary school Christmas pageant, according to witnesses at the scene.

The driver was detained by police and was later booked on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

The California Highway Patrol closed PCH from Emerald to Diamond streets until 2 a.m. due to the crash.

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