CBSN

About 12 pedestrians struck in apparent L.A. County hit-and-run

Margo Bronstein, 56, is seen in an undated booking picture provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department in California.

Redondo Beach Police Department

Last Updated Dec 18, 2014 10:26 AM EST

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- A possible hit-and-run driver struck roughly 12 pedestrians Wednesday night in a Redondo Beach intersection, reports CBS Los Angeles.

At least three of them died, and some of the others were in critical condition.

One person who was killed was an 81-year-old woman, authorities told CBS News, and a second was an 87-year-old woman. There was no immediate word on the third.

The female motorist, who police identified as Margo Bronstein, 56, of Redondo Beach, drove into a group of people outside a Southern California church where a Christmas performance had just ended, authorities say.

Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman says one adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least two children.

Police say early reports show up to a dozen people hurt, but the exact number still isn't clear.

Hoffman says the woman was driving on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, hit the pedestrians, and then another vehicle. The fronts and windshields of both vehicles were smashed.

She was arrested on charges of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, CBS Los Angeles says. Police took her to a hospital. It was unclear whether she was hurt.

The L.A. Archdiocese issued a statement saying in part, "The community of St. James Catholic Church and School in Redondo Beach, and the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles, ask everyone to join them in prayer during this time of tragedy and grief."

The crash comes three days after another driver now charged with drunken driving injured 11 people who were parked and looking at a holiday light display in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra.