Tourist Killed on Vacation in Santa Monica Identified

Vacation ends in tragedy for Australian family when a father is killed in a downtown crosswalk. He was visiting Santa Monica with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

This story was originally published at 5:52 p.m. Aug. 22, 2012. See note below. 

A 50-year-old Australian man visiting Santa Monica with his wife and young daughter has died in a local trauma center after being struck earlier this week by an alleged drunken driver, authorities reported.

The man was identified Friday as Gary Robert Mara, according to Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Mara was hit Monday night while crossing Colorado Avenue against a solid red "don't walk" sign. He was with his family, including his 8-year-old daughter, who was also hit in by the driver and suffered minor injuries, said Santa Monica Police Department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Police arrested the driver, Cara Cameron, 26, of Westchester, on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and drunken driving. She was booked on $100,000 bail.

The crash was reported at 8:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue. Cameron was driving eastbound on Colorado from Second Street on a green light, when the family entered the crosswalk against a solid "don't walk sign," Lewis said.

Cameron "was unable to avoid the pedestrians and struck two of the family members," he said.

She is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Mara succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday morning, police said.

Updated at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 with the location of the crash. Republished 10:09 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 with the name of the victim.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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Sara Fine August 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
right on rj
DeniseGW August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
You want the facts? the fact is, The australian family entered a crosswalk against the red. First mistake. Then some idiot gets drunk, gets behind the wheel of a car and runs them down killing a husband and father. Second mistake. The fact is, in every story written there will be mistakes. But the fact remains, a 26 year old killed someone because she made a decision while intoxicated. The Australian family wasnt drinking and they made a mistake. Somebody died people because of the mistakes both parities made. Either way you look at it. It's a tragedy that both sides have to live with forever.
DeniseGW August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
and yes, I know my typing is terrible and so is my spelling!!
mimidunkelman August 31, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I know this intersection where this happened. How many times have I been tempted to run against the light as I would go to the old Santa Monica Place year after year. Park at Sears and cross at that light.There are several traffic light poles here within a 1 block area, Plus, there are those 3 ft poles in the ground to prevent cars from crossing, turning into the parking structure. I was just over there at that spot a month ago. Its confusing with all the lights different colors and only a few feet between them. And yes, that time there were people crossing against the light. Its very tempting after dark, to not wait for the light to turn. Coupled with the drunk driver, a tragedy happened. I pondered this for days after, thinking what was the wife thinking and what on earth was she going to do etc. Im so sorry Mrs Mara. So sorry.
Mara T October 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
About 30 years ago my elementary school daughter was walking in the crosswalk, with the light, and an older woman we stuck between some of those confusing lights.... she chose to drive on ahead, striking my daughter (but not hard enough to do any damage). I got the license plate and called the SM Police. They assured me they would go and see that her driving skills were reassessed. I agree... a very bad intersection.


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