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L.A. Councilman Calls for More Barriers After Venice Crash

VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) — Many people were calling for increased safety measures at the Venice boardwalk on Monday in the wake of a deadly hit-and-run crash.

It happened around 6 p.m. on Saturday while hundreds of people were in the area.

Nathan Campbell, 38, allegedly drove his car onto the crowded boardwalk, hitting vending carts, a dozen people and anything else in his path, police said.

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One woman, an Italian tourist on her honeymoon, was killed, and 11 others were injured.

Campbell turned himself in at a police station about an hour after the incident and was booked on suspicion of murder.

The tragedy had locals and city officials talking about ways to prevent something similar from happening again.

It was not the first time that a car has driven onto Oceanfront Walk, authorities said.

Tourists regularly drive onto Oceanfront thinking that it’s a street, according to local police.

City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice area, was pushing for new safety measures to keep cars off the boardwalk.

He wanted to see temporary barriers installed within the next two weeks to make sure the only cars driving onto the boardwalk are emergency vehicles.

The barriers would go up on the dozen or so small streets that lead to Oceanfront.

They would be similar to the bollards installed in Santa Monica near the site of a deadly crash at an outdoor farmer’s market in July 2003.

The barriers are lockable and can be removed as necessary to accommodate cleaning crews and emergency vehicles, Bonin said.

He has already discussed the plan with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who he said has promised to free up city money for the barriers.

Meantime, the Candle Cafe & Grill, located right near the site of the crash, was holding a fundraiser all day on Monday.

The proceeds will go to the vendors affected by the incident as well as the victims. A candlelight vigil and a moment of silence were planned at 6 p.m.

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