LA Car Rampage Victim Was on Honeymoon

Witnesses say driver wanted to 'massacre a lot of people'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
LA Car Rampage Victim Was on Honeymoon
Pedestrians scatter as a car drives through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Snapchat)

The woman allegedly killed by a deranged driver who plowed into pedestrians on LA's Venice Beach boardwalk was on her honeymoon and had only been married for three days. Alice Gruppioni, a 32-year-old from Bologna, Italy, was walking along the boardwalk with her husband when she was struck and killed by the speeding car, which also injured at least 11 people, the LA Times reports. Witnesses say it looked like the driver was trying to "create mayhem and massacre a lot of people" in the Saturday evening attack.

"The boardwalk was packed with people, and he sped up and purposefully—it looked like purposefully—was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could," a witness who saw the driver get in the car and steer it onto the boardwalks tells CNN. "There's no indication that he knew anybody that he hit," an LAPD spokesman says. "It looks like this guy wanted to run over a bunch of people. One guy bent on doing evil." A transient named Nathan Campbell was charged with murder after he turned himself in to police hours after the incident. (More Venice Beach stories.)

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