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Westchester Woman Cara Cameron Pleads No Contest In Killing Australian Tourist

Westchester resident Cara Cameron pleaded no contest to vehicle manslaughter on Thursday. She struck and killed an Australian tourist in Santa Monica in 2012 while she was driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Westchester resident Cara Cameron pleaded no contest to vehicle manslaughter on Thursday. She struck and killed an Australian tourist in Santa Monica in 2012 while she was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Posted Dec. 5, 2013, 6:07 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Westchester resident Cara Maree Cameron pleaded no contest Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court to vehicular manslaughter after striking and killing Australian tourist Gary Mara in Santa Monica while she was driving under the influence of alcohol last year.

The 28-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17 at the LAX branch courthouse.

She is facing up to four years in jail and will be ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the family of Gary Mara, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

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, 2012 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 the then 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.

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Dec. 5, 2013, 6:12:04 pm

Markus said...

Sounds like she's getting off easy. Hopefully her conscience haunts her for the rest of her life.

Dec. 6, 2013, 7:24:24 am

Larry D. said...

Sounds like if he'd have been hit by a sober driver, it would have been fair and square since he was in the wrong for walking out into the street on a DONT WALK. But since she had had a drink, they can milk her for some extra graft as well.... The government loves your flesh and money....

Dec. 6, 2013, 5:31:32 pm

C.J. said...

....And Larry likes a cocktail lunch before hopping in his Mercedes to fly down PCH.

Dec. 8, 2013, 10:21:45 am

Tim said...

She has the same hateful, vacant stare of a Lohan.

Dec. 8, 2013, 8:51:44 am

Jess said...

Only 4 years in jail??

Dec. 29, 2013, 10:28:10 am

G said...

Seems like she is getting off pretty easy. The max should be at least 8 years. Considering she continued to drink and drive and party after she killed a man. Repeat offender.....

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