A 50-year-old man visiting from Australia was killed after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver’s vehicle in Santa Monica Aug. 21, police said.
The man, identified by the county coroner as Gary Mara, was hit as he was crossing Second Street with family at Colorado Avenue, police said. Mara’s 8-year-old daughter was also hit and suffered minor injuries. A 43-year-old woman, reportedly Mara’s wife, was not injured in the collision, police said.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Westchester resident Cara Cameron, 26, remained at the scene and was allegedly determined to be under the influence of alcohol, Sgt. Richard Lewis said. She was arrested and booked at the Santa Monica Jail for felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Lewis said. Cameron later posted $100,000 bail.
The crash occurred at about 8:15 p.m., when Mara and his family reportedly crossed Second Street eastbound at Colorado against a red “don’t walk” sign, Lewis said.
Cameron, who was turning onto Colorado from Second Street, was unable to avoid the pedestrians and struck two of the family members, Lewis said. Mara suffered critical injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to a local trauma center, where he was pronounced dead early Aug. 22, Lewis said.
Cameron’s arraignment date has been scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse.