Venice Boardwalk Crash Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Murder, Assault Charges
VENICE (CBSLA.com) — A 38-year-old man Wednesday pleaded not guilty to killing a newlywed woman and injuring several others after allegedly driving his car into crowds on the Venice Beach boardwalk last summer.
Nathan Louis Campbell has been charged with one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run after he allegedly drove his Dodge Avenger onto the popular tourist hub on Aug. 3 at speeds of more than 50 mph.
Alice Gruppioni, an Italian 32-year-old woman who was visiting Venice on her honeymoon, was killed, and 16 others were injured.
Campbell, a Colorado transient, was arrested later that night after he turned himself into authorities.
The suspect had previously claimed the incident was an accident, but one witness testified he was swerving back and forth, seeming like he was attempting to hit people who had been trying to get out of the way, KNX1070’s Jon Baird reports.
Campbell has an arrest record that includes offenses in four different states since 2002.