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Westchester resident Cara Cameron has been charged with killing Australian tourist Gary Mara on Aug. 21.
SMPD
Westchester resident Cara Cameron has been charged with killing Australian tourist Gary Mara on Aug. 21.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Westchester Resident To Face Murder Charge For Killing Australian Tourist

Gary Mara with wife Julianne and daughter Olivia. The 50-year-old father was struck and killed in Santa Monica on Aug. 21.
The Daily Telegraph
Gary Mara with wife Julianne and daughter Olivia. The 50-year-old father was struck and killed in Santa Monica on Aug. 21.

Posted Oct. 1, 2012, 4:05 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Westchester resident Cara Cameron will face a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29 to face three charges, including murder, for striking and killing an Australian tourist in Santa Monica while she was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Australian Gary Mara, along with his wife Julianne and eight-year-old daughter Olivia, were on the north sidewalk on the 300 block of Colorado near the Santa Monica Pier at the pedestrian crosswalk at 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 21 and started to cross despite the solid red “Don’t Walk” sign.

Mr Mara was struck by a vehicle being driven eastbound on Colorado Avenue by 26-year-old Cameron. Mr Mara succumbed to his injuries shortly after the collision. Following an investigation, Cameron was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

On Sept. 21, during Cameron's arraignment at the Superior Court of Los Angeles - Airport Branch, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office amended the complaint adding one count of murder to the original charges.

The additional charge by the District Attorney's Office was a result of Cameron's previous 2007 conviction for an alcohol-related traffic collision.

Cameron's bail was set at $1 million; she was remanded into the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Cameron posted bail later that same day.

Her next court date will be a preliminary hearing setting on Oct. 29, 2012 in Division 142 of the Airport Court.

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Oct. 1, 2012, 7:16:51 am

Are you reading this Cara? said...

Sure it was a mistake but she made the choice to drink and drive. She must pay a fair price. A fair price is prison for the next 30 years. Take away all of her good years and let her think about what she has done every day of her life.

Oct. 1, 2012, 10:22:31 pm

stewart said...

I am not indifferent to Mrs Camerons driving under these circumstances. There are so many 'if only I had' in this example it compounds the tragedy because everything was avoidable. Mrs Cameron must be held accountable for her choices, I must remark that here in Santa Monica we invite many numbers of tourists here, and when they do come they they bring with them their customs. In New York pedestrians on busy streets walk against red lights, mid block jay walking is as common as walking on a sidewalk. People from other countries think nothing of our traffic laws because they are already accustomed to what is taken as normal at home? We draw lines, we instal lights, we even add beepers for the blind and still, people step off the curbs here as traffic passes.

Oct. 2, 2012, 3:19:37 am

Courtney said...

Stewart, she was drunk. We can play "what if" all we want but the guy is still dead and she was driving drunk which was her choice. She needs to do some jail time.

Oct. 2, 2012, 4:11:29 am

stewart said...

stewart said... I am not indifferent to Mrs Camerons driving under these circumstances.

Oct. 2, 2012, 1:51:50 pm

Val said...

She has that Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Bynes smug look of drunken contempt. I just killed a man but I don;t care look. She'll look real pretty in an orange jump suit.

Oct. 10, 2012, 12:49:18 am

Anonymous said...

In previous reports, it appeared that the pedestrians walked against a "Don't Walk" phase, but the light for cross traffic was red -- thus the peds were crossing with a green traffic light for the direction they crossedl. The driver ran a red light and hit the pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Do not confuse traffic lights, right-of-way, pedestrian signals and vehicular manslaughter (or murder). They are inter-related issues but one factor does not cancel out another.

Oct. 12, 2012, 5:21:53 pm

Angry said...

She really needs to be locked up. Gets off for a DUI once, gloats about her drug and alcohol use all over the net, sells her body, claims rape on a Peruvian man, and then kills a father drunk driving. Lock her up!

Nov. 1, 2012, 11:27:46 pm

Nope said...

Drunk, druggy slut. The driver has it coming to her. Lock her up.

Jan. 11, 2013, 6:46:03 pm

Whoa said...

Whoa- check out her Instagram while she travels the world. The family is grieving.

Mar. 10, 2013, 2:56:07 pm

Update said...

Why has there been ZERO news on this? She is just out traveling the world? Getting high and wasted? Awesome. Hope there is more Justice outside California.

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