Fourth Killed in Santa Monica Plane Crash Identified

The coroner identified the fouth victim of a plane crash in Santa Monica last week

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Oct 7, 2013  |  Updated 2:33 AM EDT
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The Los Angeles County coroner's office Sunday publicly identified the fourth person killed in a small jet's crash last Sunday at the Santa Monica Airport.

Lucas Benjamin, 28, of Malibu, was killed in the crash, said coroner's investigator Dana Bee.

The four died in a crash Sept. 29 as the plane arrived from Hailey, Idaho.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation they were traveling in veered off the runway after landing and crashed into a storage hangar.

The other three were identified earlier as Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine; Kyla Dupont, 53, of San Diego; and Mark Benjamin, 63, of Malibu, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said.

Luke Benjamin is Mark Benjamin's son. The elder Benjamin is believed to have been at the controls.

Mark Benjamin was CEO of Morely Buildings, the company behind some high-profile buildings in Southern California, including Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles and the Getty Villa Museum.

Winkler worked as a leadership director for the non-profit Save a Child's Heart organization.

The cause of the crash was being probed by the National Transportation Safety Board, but federal safety investigators curtailed their work due to the partial government shutdown.

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