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Man, 38, Arrested for Venice Beach Boardwalk Crash Killing Italian Newylwed, Injuring 11

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after driving his car onto the Venice Beach boardwalk and killing a 32-year-old Italian woman on her honeymoon and injuring 11 others, authorities said Sunday.

Nathan Louis Campbell turned himself in shortly after the horrific attack Saturday about 6 p.m. on the northern end of the famed boardwalk near Dudley Avenue.

The fatal Venice Beach boardwalk crash on Aug. 3, 2013 was captured on surveillance and cell phone cameras. (Photo credit: Snapchat/Twitter)

The fatal Venice Beach boardwalk crash that occurred Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, was captured on surveillance cameras. (Photo credit: Snapchat/Twitter)

Campbell was booked on a murder charge and remains in custody with bail set at $1 million.

The fatal victim was identified as Alice Gruppioni, who was visiting Venice Beach on her honeymoon.

Gruppioni and her husband Christian Casadei, an architect, were married July 20 and he remains hospitalized after suffering non-life threatening injuries, according to reports in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The new bride was the daughter of Valerio Gruppioni, the former executive director of Bologna’s soccer team and she worked in the family business Sira Group that is a leading producer of radiators for heating.

Alice Gruppioni was struck and killed Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, by a hit-and-run driver on the Venice Beach boardwalk while visiting on her honeymoon. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Alice Gruppioni was struck and killed Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, by a hit-and-run driver on the Venice Beach boardwalk while visiting on her honeymoon. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Campbell initially turned himself in at the Santa Monica Police Department and was arrested Sunday morning , a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department told KCAL-TV.

A dozen people were rushed to hospitals following the hit-and-run incident in which witnesses said the driver appeared to be aiming at pedestrians.

Surveillance video footage from a boardwalk restaurant showed the dark sedan moving at a quick clip as people tried to run to safety.

One person remained in critical condition and four of five patients who were transported to UCLA Medical Center were treated and released.

The fifth patient at UCLA was listed in good condition, according to a statement released Sunday from the medical center.

Doctors at UCLA treated three females and two males with ages ranging from 19 to 75.  No further information on the victims was immediately available.

The Candle Cafe and Grill will hold a fundraiser Monday to support crash victims. Donations also can be sent to North Venice Beach Vendors, 325 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 90291.
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