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Lawyer for Venice Boardwalk Hit-and-Run Suspect Says Client Not On Drugs During Incident

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

An attorney for the 38-year-old Colorado man accused of killing an Italian woman and injuring 16 others in the Venice Beach boardwalk hit-and-run said Tuesday his client was not on drugs during the incident.

Nathan Louis Campbell turned himself in shortly after the public assault Aug. 3 and has been charged with one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run.

“I have received a toxicoloy report. He had no drugs whatsoever in his system,’ said Philip Dubé of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.

Dubé made the revelation in response to statements made during the August public meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council following the fatal hit-and-run.

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 on Aug. 3, 2013 was captured on surveillance and cell phone cameras. (Photo credit: Snapchat/Twitter)

Board member Sevan Gerard, a member of the Public Health & Safety Committee, during the August meeting linked the methamphetamine abuse problem on the boardwalk with the hit-and-run.

“As far as the incident on the boardwalk, I think it still has yet to be officially confirmed on paper, but the perpetrator was on methamphetamines at the time of the event,” Gerard said.

Gerard made the remarks while presenting public safety motions in the wake of the horrific hit-and-run. He prefaced his statements by saying that community members had identifed methamphetamine abuse as the top public safety issue on the boardwalk.

Gerard serves as a firefighter and paramedic at Los Angeles Fire Department Station #63 in Venice, but does not represent the fire department while serving on the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Dubé said that he wanted to make sure that his client got a fair trial.

“When things are being falsely disseminated to the public, it taints the jury pool,” he said. “We want to make sure whatever is publicized is indeed true.”

Campbell has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail with bail set at $1.48 million. His next scheduled court date is Oct. 15 at the LAX Airport Courthouse.

Alice Gruppioni, a 32-year-old Italian newlywed visiting Venice on her honeymoon, was killed in the hit-and-run incident and her husband also was injured.

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)

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