Nathan Campbell Turns Himself Into Police Following His Hit & Run Rampage On The Venice Boardwalk, Killing 1 & Injuring Several

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Post by NiteSpinR on Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:52 pm

August 5, 2013

A man who turned himself into police following a deadly hit-and-run rampage on the Venice boardwalk remained behind bars Monday morning on suspicion of murder.

Nathan Campbell, 38, abandoned his blue sedan on a nearby street and walked into a police station to turn himself about an hour after the incident Saturday that left one dead and many injured, police said.

Campbell, a Colorado native who sources said was possibly living in his car, is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. Police said Campbell asked how many people had been injured in the incident.

Witnesses and victims described a scene of confusion and chaos as the blue Dodge sedan tore across the Venice boardwalk.

Mustafa Balci said that when he first saw the car screech around a corner at the boardwalk, he figured a driver had simply become confused and would quickly turn around and leave.

Instead, he said, the vehicle kept moving forward, speeding, hitting a metal trash can, turning a table into flying shards, and storming “like a train” through the tent where he sells handmade pendants.

“If I was sitting a few inches to the left or to the right, I would have died,” Balci said, noting that he was hit by the car and that his wife landed in a nearby patch of grass after being flipped in the air by the vehicle.

Witnesses said Sunday that the car appeared to reach speeds near 60 mph as it moved about a quarter of a mile down the boardwalk -- officially called Ocean Front Walk. The driver seemed to go out of his way to hit pedestrians, they said.

“There were thousands of people in the promenade,” said John Drolette, who said he watched the incident from the second-story balcony of the Cadillac Hotel. “He was zigzagging; he did it on purpose.”
Alice Gruppioni, 32, an Italian tourist on her honeymoon, was killed, police and fire officials said. Her husband, Christian Gruppioni, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

A woman whose name has not been released because of privacy laws was listed in serious condition at UCLA Medical Center on Sunday. Four other people, including two women and two men, were treated at the hospital and released. Others injured during the incident suffered minor injuries and were either released or being treated at other area hospitals.

Video taken from a restaurant on narrow Dudley Avenue shows a man believed to be Campbell pacing near a sedan, then getting into the car and driving suddenly forward, out of camera range. Another video shows the moments that followed: the sedan slamming into unsuspecting pedestrians and ramming a canopy before turning left and speeding down Ocean Front Walk at an hour when many were simply waiting to watch the setting sun.

The Dodge first tried to exit through a parking lot but struck a sunglasses stand, onlookers said. It then backed up and found a way out at Park Avenue, a street with no blocking barriers, they said.

Officials said the driver entered Ocean Front Walk by driving the car onto a sidewalk and finding enough space to maneuver past five narrow concrete pylons, a barrier meant to block cars.

Several Venice locals said Sunday that more barriers were needed to keep motorists from deliberately or accidentally entering the boardwalk. Some streets that end at the boardwalk already have barriers, but others do not. A few times a year, cars accidentally turn onto the boardwalk, said Michael Aulberry, a resident for 35 years.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes Venice, agreed that additional barriers were needed. He cautioned that they would have to be installed so that people with disabilities and emergency vehicles could get onto the boardwalk. He also said the issue was complicated because there are parking areas on the beach that can only be reached by driving over the boardwalk at Rose Avenue.

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Normal Newlywed Alice Gruppioni Killed in Venice Boardwalk Crash "Robbed of Her Life"

Post by NiteSpinR on Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:12 pm

The family of a newlywed killed when a driver crashed through a crowd on the Venice Beach Boardwalk arrived in Southern California Sunday night as mourners continued to leave items at the site of Saturday's crash that injured 11 others.

An autopsy on the body of Alice Gruppioni, 32, is scheduled for Monday. Details regarding the autopsy might be available Monday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Gruppioni was visiting the boardwalk -- a beachside destination that her aunt described as a dream destination -- on a honeymoon with her husband of two weeks Saturday when they were struck by a man driving a Dodge Avenger that police said was intentionally driven into the crowd.

"She was robbed of her life while living her dream visit to California with her husband," Katia Gruppioni, her aunt, told NBC4 in a text message. "This was a tremendous injustice. Alice was a remarkable young lady making her personal dreams come true."

Gruppioni is the daughter of Valerio Gruppioni, a businessman and former president of the Bologna soccer team. He is the president of Sira Group, a producer of heating radiators.

"Born in a very traditional Italian family, she became part of the family's business when she was only 19," Katia Gruppioni told NBC4.

Flowers, candles, a picture of Gruppioni and her husband were among the items left at a boardwalk memorial.

The groom, Christian Casadei, suffered minor injuries in the 6 p.m. Saturday crash.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:16 pm

It's being said that Campbell was homeless and living in his car.
Sad to think he used that car to murder and injure people for clean clothes, three hots and a cot.


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Normal Nathan Louis Campbell Charged With Murder In L.A. Boardwalk

Post by NiteSpinR on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:09 am

August 6, 2013

Murder and assault charges were filed Tuesday against a Colorado transient accused of deliberately driving down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, killing an Italian honeymooner and injuring 16 other pedestrians.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $1.48 million bail. He is to return to court Sept. 4. He Turned himself in to the Police and now he pleads "Not Guilty?

Besides one count of murder, he was charged with 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit and run. He surrendered Saturday night, two hours after a 2008 black Dodge Avenger skirted barriers and mowed down pedestrians on the famous Pacific walkway about 6:30 p.m. PT.

Witnesses estimated that the car was traveling at up to 60 mph and that the driver appeared to be targeting people.

Police have not revealed a possible motive for the assault.

Alice Gruppioni, a 32-year-old newlywed from Bologna, Italy, died from head and neck trauma. Her husband suffered cuts and bruises. By Monday afternoon, all of the injured were out of the hospital.

Authorities said Campbell has a long history of homelessness, minor crimes and drug and alcohol abuse.

He has no fixed address in California, where police say he had arrived recently after buying the Dodge in Colorado about a month ago. He is unemployed and apparently was sleeping in his car.

Records cited by the Los Angeles Times and NBC Los Angeles show that Campbell also had addresses in Florida and Georgia, and that he had been arrested several times over the past 11 years. He pleaded guilty to public drunkenness in nearby Santa Monica, Calif., in 2002, and six years later in Panama City Beach, Fla., he pleaded guilty to reckless driving with alcohol.

Campbell, who was reportedly born in Georgia, worked at a Denver-area sober-living center until June, the executive director told the Times.

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:36 am

Thank you for posting this Nite. I was simply stunnned when I saw this on the news this weekend. I should have posted but I guess I'm a bit off..... (quit laughing now....)
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Normal UPDATE: Jury Finds Nathan Louis Campbell, Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Fatal Venice Boardwalk Crash

Post by NiteSpinR on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:53 pm

JUNE 5, 2015

Jurors on Friday found a 39-year-old Colorado man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of an Italian woman who was among more than an dozen people struck when the man drove his car onto the crowded Venice boardwalk.

Nathan Louis Campbell was charged with murder in the death of 32-year-old Alice Gruppioni, who was on her honeymoon, as well as more than 30 other counts in connection with the Aug. 3, 2013, crash.

The trial began at the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 30, and the jury was handed the case late Tuesday. No television news cameras have been allowed in the courtroom.

A verdict was being read just after 4 p.m. Friday, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said. Campbell was found guilty of second-degree murder, 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 10 counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

“We were able to prove the defendant committed the crimes of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and he’s now going to be held accountable for those crimes,” prosecutor Victor Avila said outside the courthouse.

He faces up to life in state prison. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for Aug. 5.

Campbell, described as a transient who may have been living out of his 2008 Dodge Avenger, allegedly abandoned the car on a street near Ocean Front Walk immediately after the rampage, which left the landmark tourist destination in chaos.

Amid a manhunt, he turned himself into Santa Monica police about two hours after the crash, the DA’s office said.

At a preliminary hearing in late 2013, a witness described people on the boardwalk trying to move out of the path of the Dodge while the vehicle zigged and zagged, seemingly trying deliberately to strike the fleeing pedestrians.

Campbell’s attorney said he was trying to avoid people, the Los Angeles Times reported. The defendant also claimed he had placed his car into reverse when it accidentally slipped into drive, the DA’s office said.

Last month, Gruppioni’s husband Christian Casadei testified in the trial, saying he had tried to pull his new bride out of the way. He said he felt the car’s impact, found himself on the ground and then discovered his wife, fatally injured.

Gruppioni was carried on the vehicle’s hood for 300 feet before sliding off as the car continued down the boardwalk, a prosecutor told jurors, according to the Times.

The Gruppioni family said through an attorney that they were grateful for the jury verdict and for Avila’s “pursuit of justice on Alice’s behalf.”

“We deeply miss Alice and our hearts will always be with our beautiful wife and daughter,” read the brief statement, sent to media by attorney Gregory L. Bentley.

A prosecutor said Campbell told another homeless man he planned to run down a drug dealer who had not returned after receiving a $35 payment for meth, the Times reported.

“The drug dealer had taken their money and walked south on the boardwalk,” Avila said. “The defendant became frustrated and angry and wanted to do something, kill that individual, run that individual over.”

Venice resident Alex Thompson came upon the scene moments after the crash.

“It was pretty bad,” Thompson said. “People were sitting on the ground screaming and moaning. They were in shock.”

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