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Traffic Collision Kills Three in Manhattan Beach

Nov 24, 2021 01:16PM ● By Mb News Staff
A massive four-vehicle crash on Tuesday, November 23, at the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Marine Ave. resulted in three fatalities.

Early reports indicate that one vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, hitting a second car, and causing a pile-up with two other cars. Debris was strewn over a wide area, with one car hitting a building on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Three individuals were pronounced deceased at the scene. Those fatalities have been confimed as Christian Mendoza, 48; and husband and wife Katie-Jay Scott, 40, and Gabriel Stauring, 55; all of Redondo Beach.
Mendoza, an educator, was the newly named principal of the Bennett-Kew P-8 Leadership Academy in the Inglewood School District. He was described by Inglewood USD County Administrator Erika F. Torres as a lifelong educator and a "beloved member of our IUSD community."

Scott was executive director of the Redondo Beach-based iACT, which provides humanitarian action to aid, support, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. She oversaw international and national programs and campaigns, partnerships, fundraising and development, advocacy and policy for the organization. 

Stauring was founder and "chief of vision and strategy" for iACT. He was a longtime activist and advocate for supporting populations displaced by genocide and mass atrocities.

Scott was returning from a three-week mission at a refugee camp in Greece. The car accident that took her and her husband's life occurred on her drive home from the airport. Their youngest daughter survived the deadly collision. (They have three children.)

A current list of fundraisers to support the families of those deceased can be found here.

Additionally, three people were transported to area hospitals, which include two adults listed in serious condition and a juvenile listed in critical condition. 

Neighbor Rochelle Jaleh described the accident as "the most horrific sound we have ever heard." She was one of the first at the scene before the ambulances and police arrived.

One of the victims told her that he was hit by someone going "100 miles an hour and maybe ran a red," she said. 

"I'm just so in shock - I can't stop replaying it in my head," she told DigMB afterwards.

Police Release Statement

The following information was released by the Manhattan Beach Police Department on Wednesday:

On Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at about 9:46pm, the Manhattan Beach Police Department responded to a major injury traffic collision at the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Marine Ave. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a four-vehicle traffic collision had occurred. One of the involved vehicles collided into a nearby building. The initial investigation found that the involved parties had sustained major injuries. Neighboring South Bay agencies were requested to respond and assist with this traffic collision.

The investigation to what caused the collision is still ongoing and being conducted by the Manhattan Beach Police Department Traffic Division. If you witnessed this collision or have any information that may help with the ongoing investigation, please contact the Manhattan Beach Police Department at (310) 802-5140.     

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