At Preliminary Hearing, Witnesses Describe Deadly Venice Car Rampage

EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — Witnesses from around the world gave their accounts of  a horrific beachside scene when they testified Tuesday at the preliminary hearing of the man accused of mowing down pedestrians along the Venice boardwalk in August.

Nathan Campbell is charged with one count of murder, 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 19 counts of hit-and-run. Sixteen people were injured and a young Italian woman — who was visiting the boardwalk on her honeymoon — was killed when he allegedly drove his car into pedestrians along the boardwalk on Aug. 3.

Victims who were in the car’s path, as well as witnesses who saw the tragedy unfold, flew to Los Angeles to provide testimony in the courtroom on Tuesday.

“I heard a noise, and looked over and saw a car plow into the market stores,” witness Katriye Marshall said.

The prosecution is hoping to prove that there is enough evidence to allow a jury to decide whether Campbell was the one behind the wheel that day, in which 32-year old Alice Gruppioni lost her life.

Alice’s aunt, Katia Gruppioni, traveled from Italy to attend the hearing because, she said, “we need to know that we will have justice.”

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