Driver who's charged in deaths of four is well regarded by neighbors

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Friends and neighbors describe Margo Bronstein as a kind and friendly woman. A manager at the senior housing community where she lives tells the Los Angeles Times that she "doesn't want to be in anyone's way."

The 56-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, after her car went through a red light and crashed into nearly a dozen people as they left a church Christmas event Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, California. Four people died, including a six-year-old boy who died of his injuries late yesterday. His mother was already among the dead.

Authorities say they believe Bronstein had taken prescription drugs. They're awaiting the results of a toxicology test.

According to state motor vehicle records, Bronstein has a perfect driving record, but she's restricted to driving a vehicle with hand-controlled brakes and other special equipment. The DMV has no record listing her as handicapped, however.

Friends and neighbors say she has used crutches at times, and a motorized wheelchair at longer distances.

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APPHOTO CACC104: Mourners placed flowers at a make shift memorial Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, near where a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, Calif. 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/Chris Carlson) (18 Dec 2014)

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