Woman Killed in Venice Boardwalk Hit-and-Run Was on Honeymoon

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VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) –  The one person killed in a deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk was a woman on her honeymoon, authorities said Sunday.


Alice Gruppioni and her husband, Christian Casadei, on their wedding day. (via Facebook)

The deceased victim was identified as Alice Gruppioni, 32, from Bologna, Italy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She and 11 others were struck when the driver of a dark-colored sedan hit several pedestrians near the boardwalk, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

“It was unreal. It looked like bowling pins,” a man who witnessed the incident told KTLA. “It was outrageous.”

Witnesses said the driver was “moving purposefully” at about 20 mph, when he drove through the tourist haven at about 6 p.m. near the intersection of Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.

An hour after the incident, a man police described as “a person of interest” walked into a Santa Monica police station shortly after 7 p.m. and turned himself in.

On Sunday morning the LAPD identified the man as Nathan Campbell and said he had been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centered released a statement Sunday afternoon saying it had received five patients from the Venice boardwalk incident, ranging in age from 19 and 75.

The patients, three women and two men, were all treated at released.

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