Driver in Australian's Street-Crossing Death Arraigned on Murder Charge

Police say the driver, a Westchester woman, was convicted 5 years ago in a traffic collision involving alcohol. In Los Angeles, she faces murder and vehicular manslaughter charges in the death of a tourist killed while crossing a Santa Monica street.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed felony murder and manslaughter charges against Cara Cameron, the driver accused in the death of an Australian tourist fatally struck while crossing Colorado Avenue in August.

Cameron, 26, of Westchester, entered a not guilty plea to one count of murder and one count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated at her arraignment Sept. 21, according to the District Attorney's office. A judge set bail at $1 million. She posted bond the same day.

The police allege Cameron struck 50-year-old Gary Robert Mara on Aug. 24 in a crosswalk between Santa Monica Place and Sears. He was with his wife and young daughter, who was also hit and sustained minor injuries.

Cameron had a green light while the family crossed against a red "don't walk" signal, said Santa Monica Police Department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Mara succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

In a statement Monday updating media about the case, the sergeant said Cameron had a prior conviction stemming from a traffic collision involving alcohol. The case was from 2007 was from outside Los Angeles. He later told Patch she had completed a DUI program in Alameda County.

Mara was one of three pedestrians killed in car crashes this summer in Santa Monica.

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TC October 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
So sad for all involved.
Glenn E Grab October 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
so, if she had not been drinking, would there have been any charges filed?...it sounds like Miss Cameron is being overcharged....possibly guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but certainly not murder...had Mr. Mara been drinking also?... crossing with his family against a flashing don't walk signal was certainly the main cause of the accident...
Glenn E Grab October 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
it's a case that will be probably be decided in the upper courts on appeal...not a cut and dried situation...
Dan Charney October 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I don't think it's involuntary- it's vehicular manslaughter- she was drunk - had she not been - she might have been able to avoid the situation - also I believe she was driving way too fast for the area she was in- I am all for it- and for the same for people who are texting and using cell phones who hit cars and people- some strong things must be in place to stop them- the fact that she posted bond so quickly on such a high bail amount concerns me- it means she can afford a good lawyer which means she will probably not get much of a sentence when all is said and done- I've avoid many at night who are crossing illegally- some who jump in front my car almost- haven't hit anyone yet- if I was a drinker who drove in that state- I bet I would have hit a few of them-
Dan Charney October 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Glenn- I am sick of drinkers and drug addicts and the damage they do -
Glenn E Grab October 03, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Don, there will probably be a plea bargain of some sort.....there was fault on both sides, that's evident....
Dan Charney October 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
in the eyes of the court- he was not at fault against a machine - just because he crossed against the light- traffic was not heavy- she came from nowhere and was drunk and speeding- personally - I hope she gets it- sick of people who anything other than drive -hands on the wheel- eyes forward-
GingerThom310 November 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The thing that is going to kill it for her is the prior. Once you take the court mandated classes you are no longer eligible for manslaughter. You are supposed to know better than to drink and drive again. Hopefully she was a full lush and didn't finish the program. Could be her saving grace.
Glenn E Grab November 13, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Dan, I think you're wrong about the fault on the part on the pedestrian....he was from a country where they drive on the left side of the road, so he was probably looking the wrong way when he was crossing illegally....also, I haven't seen anything official as to how fast she was going...please tell me if you have...
Glenn E Grab November 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Ginger, drunks don't learn like normal people do...


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