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Suspect Held in Venice Boardwalk Hit and Run

August 4, 2013

The 38-year-old suspect in the Venice boardwalk tragedy that left an Italian woman dead was held on $1 million bail Sunday, Los Angeles police said.

Nathan Campbell was arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday after turning himself into police after he allegedly plowed his car along the crowded beachfront walkway, killing one person and injuring 11 others.

The arrest was announced at a news conference at the scene of the tragedy; however no other details on Campbell or his alleged motives.

Officials identified the dead woman as Alice Gruppioni, 32, a resident of Italy.

Saturday's incident remained under investigation; however multiple witnesses told news media and authorities it appeared the black sedan was intentionally driven into the crowded pedestrian walkway at estimated speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

"I saw somebody flying up in the air," said witness Daniel Regidor. "When I came upon the scene, there were a bunch of people on the ground, bloodied."

Another witness, Daniel Jenkins, told the Times the car crashed through a line of shops and tables along the boardwalk. The car struck a homeless man and a woman selling pet turtles.

"All the turtles flew everywhere," as did mannequins outside of storefronts, Jenkins said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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