Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pharma Drugs Killing and Intoxicated While Driving

From CBS Los Angeles-Margo Julie Bronstein, 56, is charged with four felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one felony count of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury.
Police say Bronstein ran a red light around 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and plowed into a group of pedestrians who had just attended a Christmas concert at St. James Catholic School and Parish near Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street in Redondo Beach.

The group was crossing PCH when they were struck by the white Saturn. The Saturn continued through the intersection, swerved into the southbound lanes and slammed into another vehicle – all while dragging 6-year-old Samuel Gaza, a kindergartener at the church school. He wound up pinned under a front tire of the car.
Also killed were Samuel’s mother, 36-year-old Martha Gaza, Mary Wilson, 81, and Saeko Matsumura, 87, all of Torrance.
Police said 11 pedestrians were struck, although the criminal complaint names a total of nine victims.

She has said she had taken two pills that afternoon the pain medication Norco and the muscle relaxant Soma with a small amount of bread and some water as she had the day before.
Bronstein told police that she had taken the prescription drugs for about five years and didn’t feel side effects from them that night, according to the officer.

Bronstein, who is jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail, is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court April 7 for a pretrial hearing. She faces up to 40 years in state prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office. End CBS report

Psych drugs impair people in different ways. In this case there were no antidepressants, but pain medication and muscle relaxants. Pharma drugs kill in different ways.

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