September 25, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

A Look Back At The Five Lives Lost In 2012 From Santa Monica Car Accidents:

Five innocent lives were lost in car accidents within Santa Monica city limits during 2012, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

As of Dec. 21, SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said there were 115 reported injury collisions involving pedestrians in 2012, which was at 114 this time last year.

There were 120 reported injury collisions involving bicycles in 2012, which was at 130 this time last year, Lewis said.

Here is a look back on the five tragic car accidents this year that involved three pedestrians, a motorcyclist, and a bicyclist.

— On Aug. 21, Westchester resident Cara Cameron, 26, struck and killed Australian tourist Gary Mara in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue.

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

Mara was struck by Cameron’s vehicle being driven eastbound on Colorado Avenue. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after the collision.

Following an investigation, Cameron was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

Cameron now faces three charges, including driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter, and one count of murder as a result of her previous 2007 conviction for an alcohol-related traffic collision.

— On July 1, Deborah Taft (Arellano), 54, was struck at 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Lincoln Blvd and Ashland Avenue by a 65-year-old male resident of Santa Monica who was traveling southbound on Lincoln Blvd and made a left turn onto Ashland Avenue.

She sustained major head injuries and was transported to a local trauma center with massive brain damage. The team at UCLA Medical Center worked on her through the night until she was stable. Around 9 a.m. Monday, July 2 she slipped into a coma where she later succumbed to her injuries.

— On July 16, Santa Monica resident Claire Rose, 30, was killed in a crash at 12:16 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Wilshire Boulevard in a hit-and-run.

The suspect vehicle was described as a black 2009 or 2010 Toyota Corolla S.

Rose was walking north on 21st street, crossing Wilshire Boulevard in a designated crosswalk, when she was hit.

But instead of stopping to help, the Toyota driver kept zooming west on Wilshire. From there, police gathered that the vehicle turned right on 15th Street and right on California before disappearing into the night.

— On July 10, cyclist Erin Galligan, 30, from Venice was struck and killed in a hit-and-run at 11:13 p.m. on the 200 block of Pacific Coast Highway near Entrada Drive in Santa Monica.

The suspect vehicle was described as a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extra cab truck, white in color, with damage to the front grill, hood, and headlight assembly.

Both the vehicle and the cyclist were traveling in the southbound lane.

Based on statements from witnesses, the Galligan swerved into the middle of the lane for unknown reasons, and was subsequently struck by the suspect vehicle as it passed. Galligan succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the collision.

The driver fled the scene last seen heading east on the 10 Freeway.

— On February 24 at 12:20 pm, the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a traffic collision in the 1900 block of Pico Boulevard involving two motorcycles and a vehicle.

The two motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed while splitting traffic westbound on Pico Boulevard from Cloverfield.

As the two motorcycles neared the intersection of Pico and 20th Street, a 2005 Ford Expedition being driven by a 41-year-old female, began making a left turn onto 20th Street from Eastbound Pico Boulevard.

Due to the speeds in which the riders of the motorcycles were traveling at, they were unable to stop or maneuver around the vehicle and one of the riders struck the rear passenger side of the Expedition while the other laid his motorcycle down on the roadway to avoid a collision.

The motorcyclist who struck the vehicle suffered severe head and body trauma and was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition. He was later identified as 22-year-old Los Angeles resident, Frank Gauthier. On March 12, 2012 Gauthier succumbed to his injuries.

in News
Related Posts

Man Charged With Attempted Murder for Santa Monica Road Rage Shooting

September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

Eliott Ferrando charged in connection to September 6 incident By Sam Catanzaro A man faces two counts of attempted murder...

Malibu’s Effort to Split From SMMUSD Stays Alive

September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

City of Malibu given more time following September 18 hearing By Dolores Quintana The Los Angeles County Committee on School...

Person Shot While Sleeping in Car Near Santa Monica Beach

September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

Submitted by SMPD Sergeant Erika Aklufi Santa Monica Police Department detectives continue to actively investigate an early Wednesday morning shooting...

Two Arrested for Santa Monica Prowling Incident and Meth Possession

September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

Taylor Pacheco and Robert Chandler charged in connection to September 20 incident By Chad Winthrop Two men have been charged...

$390,000 Distributed to Santa Monica Small Businesses

September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

78 Santa Monica small businesses received $5,000 grants By Staff Writer This month, 78 Santa Monica small businesses received $5,000...

Sexual Assault Filed Against Man for Two Santa Monica Beach Incidents

September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

Jarvis Mathias Newman charged with assault to commit rape and sexual battery By Sam Catanzaro Sexual assault charges have been...

Street Sweeping Ticket? You May Qualify For A Dismissal Or Refund: Santa Monica Beat – September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Street Sweeping Ticket? You May Qualify For A Dismissal Or Refund...

Is Cash Coming Back for the Big Blue Bus?

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Santa Monica City Council discusses possibility of restoring cash service for buses  By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica lawmakers recently discussed...

UCLA Study Suggests Nearly Half of LGBT Renters Behind on Rent Fear Eviction Within 2 Months

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

UCLA study sheds light on concerning issue  By Susan Payne According to a recent UCLA study, nearly half of the...

Santa Monica Police Conducting DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021

DUI and license checkpoint coming to undisclosed location  By Chad Winthrop Santa Monica police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday...

Veteran Killed in Stabbing at Encampment Alongside West Los Angeles VA

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

Wednesday morning incident under investigation    By Sam Catanzaro A homicide investigation is underway following a stabbing at a homeless encampment...

Santa Monica Partners with McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a Reimagined Annual Concert Series

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Americana in the Park, a New Free Concert Series Launches this September and October By Sam Catanzaro The City of...

Vaccine and Mask Mandates for Santa Monica College In-Person Classes this Fall

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

As Santa Monica College returns for the fall semester new protocols are in place, learn about campus capacity, vaccine and...

Santa Monica Beat – Will Big Blue Buses Accept Cash Fare Again?: September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Will Big Blue Buses Accept Cash Fare Again? * Video Game...