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An Australian tourist was struck-and-killed in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue Tuesday, Aug. 21 at about 8:15 p.m.
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An Australian tourist was struck-and-killed in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue Tuesday, Aug. 21 at about 8:15 p.m.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Australian Tourist Struck-And-Killed By Drunk Driver Near Santa Monica Pier

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, 12:53 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A vacation for a family visiting from Australia has ended tragically after a 50-year-old male tourist was struck-and-killed by a drunk driver in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue near the Santa Monica Pier entrance on Tuesday.

The man, along with his wife and eight-year-old daughter, were on the north sidewalk at the pedestrian crosswalk at 8:15 p.m. and started to cross despite the solid red “Don’t Walk Sign.”

The driver heading eastbound on Colorado Avenue from 2nd Street on a green light was unable to avoid the pedestrians and struck two of the family members.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the 50-year-old man suffered critical injuries as a result of the collision; he was transported to a local trauma center.

“He succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours of August 22, 2012,” Lewis said. “An eight-year-old female suffered minor injuries; she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The third family member, a 43-year old female, was not injured.”

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Cara Cameron of Westchester, California, remained at the scene of the accident.

During the investigation, officers determined that Cameron was under the influence.

Cameron was taken into custody and booked at the Santa Monica jail for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Cameron later posted $100,000.

Cameron's arraignment date has been set for Sept. 21 at the LAX branch courthouse.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigators Chris Dawson or Jason Olson at 310.458.8954 or Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at 310.458.8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.

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Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58:59 pm

Charles said...

What a stupid drunk bitch.

Aug. 22, 2012, 6:59:03 pm

Lisa said...

It's my understanding she had one drink and was not driving recklessly as was noted by all witnesses to the police officers. It is a tragedy, but there were multiple parties at fault here - crossing at night on a red light is an invitation for disaster. Thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family and the driver of the car.

Aug. 22, 2012, 8:11:37 pm

Tez said...

RIP Gaz, you were the best cellar man in Sydney.

Aug. 22, 2012, 11:16:18 pm

Curtis Plumb said...

The cause of his death was his decision to risk his life by crossing against a red light. Everyone is doing it nowadays. Word to the wise: even though you are not seemingly impaired by those beers, you could end up with your life in ruins because of a preventable accident such as this one. Go on the wagon.

Aug. 23, 2012, 2:21:38 am

JF said...

People come to Santa Monica near the beach and think it's like Disneyland and act like it's all just a theme park. and the cars aren't real.. I've lived here for 22 years and see it every day. Even residents who should know better smugly step out into traffic believing that being in a crosswalk will magically stop a speeding car from smashing into them.

Aug. 23, 2012, 3:57:35 am

Robert said...

Typical Angelino comments talking about how dangerous it is to cross against a red light. It is only dangerous if you are not paying attention and are slow. In most parts of the world people have, for lo these 100 years we've had automobiles, been able to dash across heavy traffic without so much as a scratch. Maybe the tourist bought into the "pedestrians always have right of way" belief and pput his families safety in the hands of drivers who may or may not agree. While it is true that the pedestrian *legally* has the right of way, why would you put your life into the hands of the driver who may or may not follow the law? I am appalled by how many people walk right in front of a car without even looking to confirm that A) the driver sees them, and B) the driver is going to stop for them!

Sep. 30, 2012, 2:14:59 pm

David said...

I was a witness to the accident. I was on the 3 level parking structure overlooking Colorado. I was shocked by what I saw. It was dark and I'm sure the driver didn't see the pedestrian dart out in front of her. This article is totally incorrect because she didn't hit the little girl. She was unharmed. Nor was she driving reckless. I'm going to attend her next court date and tell what I did see because I see how people can get bamboozled by wrong assumptions.

Nov. 24, 2012, 6:07:43 am

Revenge said...

Lock her up. Repeated offenses, drug user, doesn't care about consequences and has no respect for anyone. She removed her incriminating blog.

Nov. 29, 2012, 11:22:35 am

givemeabreak said...

she is not remorseful AT ALL !!! except that she could face jail time . .! CONTINUES to drink and drive even after this horrific accident SHE committed - Way too many DUIs and drugs - Shame on HER!!!! PS.... retake your driving test :- Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way

Nov. 29, 2012, 11:30:50 am

givemeabreak said...

read the latest.... DIU driver in Torrance CA (24th Nov 20012) Hit pedestrian - drives 2 miles with man stuck in her windshield. Only stopped because civilians made her stop and take her keys away. Multitude previous drug and alcohol chargers. Job description.... Drug/alcholol conselor !- Give me a break people - THEY are GUILTY!!!

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