Hit-and-run crash at Venice Beach Boardwalk kills 1, injures 11
LOS ANGELES (CNN) – A peaceful Saturday evening turned tragic when a car tore through the Venice Beach Boardwalk during one of the busiest times of the week.
The driver is now charged with murder.
Katie Murray has the story.
Surveillance video from candle cafe and grill shows a man getting into a parked car.
Moments later, the vehicle abruptly takes off and passers-by quickly follow.
And then this.
Patrons enjoying the Venice Beach Boardwalk are jolted when the car barrels through the crowd-
Hitting more than a dozen people in its path, before the driver ditched the car.
“He just drove and took that left turn down the center of the boardwalk and just started driving and bodies were scattering and bodies were flying in the air and people were screaming. It was absolute mayhem.”
32-year-old Alice Gruppioni, a resident of Italy, was killed.
According to a law enforcement source, her husband told police at the scene they were on their honeymoon.
Several witnesses believe this was no accident.
“You could tell he intentionally continued to drive and speed up.”
“Purposely it looked like, purposely was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could.”
“The tires started screeching. I saw him and he was looking for blood. That guy’s intention was to kill people.”
These terrifying images show the car on the boardwalk, barely missing these pedestrians.
Hours later, the driver, 38-year-old Nathan Campbell turned himself in.
He is now charged with murder and is being held on one million dollars bond, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“It’s tragic. You know, the fact that somebody, whether accidental or intentional, would come on the boardwalk where you know hundreds, thousands of people come here to enjoy the beach and walk and bike and walk their dogs – it’s horrendous.”
I’m Katie Murray reporting.