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Nathan CampbellLOS ANGELES, CA – One woman is dead and 15 people were injured after the driver of a car sped across a sidewalk and straight into a crowd enjoying the Venice Beach boardwalk.

According to both security video and witness statements, 38-year-old Nathan Campbell parked the black Avenger next to the Cadillac Hotel, twice leaving the car to walk out to the boardwalk before getting back in and accelerating onto the boardwalk, swerving to avoid the yellow poles meant to prevent cars from getting into the area designated for pedestrians-only.

“The driver was out for blood,” a witness said, describing a driver’s attempt to turn the world-famous Venice boardwalk into a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto, running over pedestrians and vendors in a black Dodge Avenger.

The incident was called in to police shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, and witnesses told police and reporters that the driver looked to be in control of the car as it ran people down, intentionally trying to hit those enjoying the boardwalk on a crowded summer afternoon. One witness, Louisa Hodge, who’d been strolling with a friend on the boardwalk, called the scene bloody and gruesome.

Campbell got away before police could respond, fleeing the scene as pedestrians tried to chase the car down. An hour later, however, just as authorities announced that they were seeking a black sedan in connection with the attack, Campbell entered a police station in Santa Monica, and told officers he was involved in the bloodbath, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said.

While questioning that individual, officers found a car nearby which they believe Campbell had abandoned. Campbell was charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bond. The woman he killed, 32-year-old Alice Gruppioni, was from Italy. She and her husband had recently married and were in Los Angeles on their honeymoon.

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  • sugarpie

    O.O WTF?

  • This is right in my backyard and I’m just finding out now.

  • This is right in my backyard and I’m just finding out now.

  • itsknotme

    Fiat’s brother trying to swim to Italy?

  • Jessica Stewart

    This is why we need to ban cars people! No one should own a car, can’t you see that they KILL?

  • Andyman

    You do know what FIAT stands for, right? Fix It Again Tony. lol

  • Evan

    pit bull was driving you can see it from the second camera if you zoom in

  • tkaz

    I didn’t know that. My stepdads fiat from the 80s was named “Tony”. Coincidence, I think not.

  • tkaz

    A had so many thoughts….
    Why was the guy in orange looking in the drivers window?
    Why did the driver get out & walk around so much?
    WHY did he feel like doing this, it seems calculated. Why?
    And…as a Newport Beach vacationer I’m SO glad there’s no room for cars!!!!

  • Gee

    This was heinous… I saw lots of paramedics on their to the beach and knew this was bad. I live just a couple of miles from Venice.

  • IntelligentVirtue

    The funny thing is that this beach is notorious for being a pit bull showcase, it’s one of the reasons I stopped going.

  • IntelligentVirtue

    That is so fucked up. This place gets crazy busy on the weekends so this asshole knew he would have lots of victims

  • ShelbySP

    Just another day in San Andreas.

  • LuvsHorror

    What a piece of runny, corn loaded shit. I wish the crowd would have caught him and lynched him.

  • Dre Mosley

    Dying to know why.

  • mean birch

    Wow that’s nasty and really really funny

  • midniteshadows

    Here’s a list of reasons why he did this:
    1. He’s mentally ill
    2. He was abused as a child
    3. He was on drugs.

    Yep, that about covers it. I desperately need a flippin’ sarcasm font.

  • I guess as with most of these cases, whatever his excuse for doing this is it will turn out to be bullshit. It could be as simplistic as him having a bad day..and taking it out on the innocent.

  • Nick

    well they say your 80% more likely to be murdered in the US than in any other European country, I guess these Italians found that out first hand

  • technicolorpachyderms

    That is why I keep my car locked up with the engine locked up separately. Oh, and I always use a child safety seat. Rear-facing in the back seat until they’re one.

  • Pyncky

    Wow. Hope they get the story on his asshat.

  • Buffettgirl

    I was out of town for 4+ days, we got home and turned on the 5:00 news to this story… I wish I’d stayed camping, camping didn’t hurt my heart and was much more peaceful! Ten years ago last month (07/16/2003), while I was literally moving from OR to Southern CA there was a horrible accident at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market where an elderly man “accidentally” plowed into the market and killed 10. Some say what he did was deliberate, some say it was an accident. I’ll never know. I was stuck in that traffic from north of Grapevine all through Anaheim and out to San Bernardino. It took hours and hours to get through it. It was ghastly, and I don’t mean to imply the time I personally spent in traffic. That was no big deal in the scope of things. Just the constant reports of the carnage at the scene where ghastly. This had to have been a lot like that. When I saw the story it took me instantly back to that day in July 2003 and it hurt… I want to go back to the woods now!

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Premeditated, too. Shoot the fucker in the head, then burn his corpse.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Or burn his body first. Either way is fine with me.

  • Heisenberg

    Don’t forget long dong silver syndrome… I’m saying all the rectal thermometer friction let loose a few too many gulps of mercury

  • Robin Renea Tison

    To many Phycos in the U.S. now…

  • Abroad

    “any other”? The US is not a European country.

  • JGo555

    Asshole.

  • Benighted

    Oh great. Another reason for Europeans to hate America.