Last victim of Santa Monica plane crash ID’d

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Santa Monica Airport plane crashThe Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Sunday identified the fourth and last of the victims killed in a crash last weekend at Santa Monica Airport.

The agency officially identified Lucas Benjamin, 28, of Malibu, as among the dead in the crash involving a twin-engine Cessna Citation.

Benjamin, a senior project engineer with construction company Morley Builders, was aboard the plane with his 63-year-old father, Mark Benjamin, the Los Angeles-based company’s chief executive, the firm previously said.

Everyone on board was killed when the plane touched down, veered right off the runway and crashed into a storage hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building.

The other two victims are Kyla Dupont, 53, of San Diego, and Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine.

In an earlier statement to The Times, Charles Muttillo, vice president of Morley Builders, said employees would carry on the legacy of Mark Benjamin, who had taken over the business from his father, Morley, the company’s founder.

“We are proud to be associated with the company that Mark’s family founded,” Muttillo said in the statement. “He had a profound influence on each of our employees, the Southern California landscape, our local community and the construction industry. We are committed to building on his legacy.”

Winkler was the younger Benjamin’s girlfriend, according to a blog on BusinessGhost, a ghost-writing company based in Irvine. The blog’s author, Michael Levin, described himself as being good friends with Winkler’s father.

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