CLAREMONT ( — The family of an Italian tourist struck and killed by a car on the Venice boardwalk last summer filed a claim Monday against the city of Los Angeles – the first step toward a civil lawsuit.

Alice Gruppioni was just 32 years old when she married Christian Casadei last summer. She was struck and killed by a car on the Venice boardwalk during their honeymoon just a few days later.

In a Skype interview, Casadei said, “we want to start our life in the place that we love.”

The family of Gruppioni has not specified monetary damages in their claim against the city, but the family’s Southern California attorney says they hope to resolve the matter out of court.

“We are not practicing hate here. We are not looking for revenge. We just try to have justice,” Gruppioni’s aunt, Katia Gruppioni, said.

Nathan Campbell, 38, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon after prosecutors say he drove his car into a crowd, injuring 17 people, on Aug. 3, 2013.

Police say more than 10 cars accidentally drive down the boardwalk daily.

The LA City Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the pending case.


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