LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A driver has been convicted in the 2013 death of Italian honeymooner on the Venice boardwalk.
The Associated Press reports that a guilty verdict for a charge of second-degree murder was handed down Friday for Nathan Campbell, who was tried in the death of Alice Gruppioni.
“All of the stipulations of the law were met,” Jim, a juror, said. “It was quite easy to vote on second-degree.”
Gruppioni passed away as a result of the 2013 crash, while 17 other pedestrians were injured.
The 39-year-old Campbell was also convicted of 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 10 counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
Campbell was behind-the-wheel of the Dodge Avenger that barreled down the boardwalk on Aug. 3, 2013, the prosecutor argued.
His attorney said Campbell did all he could to avoid hitting pedestrians, but the prosecutor contended that Campbell was out to inflict pain and wanted to run over a drug dealer.
“Instead of running that individual over, he entered the boardwalk and ran over innocent people,” Victor Avila, a deputy district attorney, said.
Upon hearing the verdict, the Gruppioni family through their attorney released the following statement to CBS2:
“We are grateful that the jury held Mr. Campbell criminally responsible for causing this tragedy. We deeply miss Alice and our hearts will always be with our beautiful wife and daughter.”
Gruppioni was killed just weeks after her wedding. Since the deadly crash, barriers have gone up at some parts of the pedestrian-only boardwalk, but cars remains a concern.
“It’s like a disaster waiting to happen every day,” one man said. A business owner this week took a photograph of someone they say drove onto the boardwalk inadvertently.
“It could be anyone, anyone could get hit any time, unfortunately,” said Sean Johnson, who works on the iconic boardwalk. He said he witnessed the deadly crash nearly two years ago, and is haunted by it.
“These people shouldn’t be driving here, you know, this is the wrong way. Drive somewhere else,” Johnson said.
Sentencing for Campbell has been scheduled for August.