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Updated: Five Venice Boardwalk Car Victims Released From Hospital

The hit and run occurred early Saturday evening when a car was driven at high speed on the the Venice boardwalk. Police have arrested a 38-year-old man.

By City News Service

Updated 3:05 p.m: All five patients who were taken to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from Saturday's gruesome incident in Venice have been treated and released, the hospital said at midafternoon.

Two males and three females were taken to UCLA from the Ocean Front Walk scene.

The woman who died, Alice Gruppioni, had been taken by paramedics to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's Marina campus, at Marina Del Rey, and she died there, the coroner's office said. A Facebook page was created Sunday afternoon in her honor.

Updated: The woman killed in Saturday's bloody vehicular rampage on Venice Beach has been identified by Italian newspapers as the newlywed daughter of an Italian businessman from Bologna, Italy.

Alice Gruppioni, 32, died with her injured husband at her side at a Los Angeles hospital, the newspaper La Republicca reported. The groom, Christian Casadei, suffered minor injuries in the mayhem.

The pair had been married in Italy two weeks ago.

Gruppioni reportedly ran a family business in her hometown, Rastignano, a village just south of Bologna. La Republicca reported that she and her husband were building a house there.

Gruppioni was the daughter of Valerio Gruppioni, a businessman and former president of the Bologna soccer team.

Family members were rushing from Italy to Los Angeles, the newspaper reported, and an official from the Italian consulate office in L.A. was at the hospital as well.

Original: A 38-year-old man named Nathan Louis Campbell was arrested on a murder charge after a Dodge Avenger drove down Ocean Front Walk, plowing into a dozen people and killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon, police said.

Campbell's hometown was not available, but jail records show he was booked for suspicion of murder at 2:43 a.m., and was held today on a $1 million bail.

Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, died following the crash, said coroner's investigator Kristy McCracken. An autopsy was pending for the woman, who was at the beach for her honeymoon.

The mass casualty incident was reported at 6:01 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Dudley Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Another victim remained in critical condition, two were in serious condition and eight were being treated for less-serious injuries, LAPD Lt. Andy Nieman said.

A number of the injured were carried to emergency vehicles on stretchers.

Witnesses said the driver of the car -- described as a 2008 to 2010 black or dark blue Dodge Avenger -- seemed to purposely aim at pedestrians as he swerved on and off the curb.

A man who identified himself as "Justin" said he was selling art from his booth when he heard a "scraping" sound to his left and saw a car "careening a bit out of control. It took out a whole booth of sunglasses," he said. "Like smash, like you see in a movie -- like a fruit stand smash."

"I'm kind of playing chicken with him, fight or flight," Justin said. "I ran but not before I saw him hit three other people and, you know, take off down the block at like 40, running people over and leaving a wake of destruction," he said.

The suspect began his deadly path of destruction on Dudley Avenue and sped south near Sunset Avenue, Neiman said.

The man abandoned the car at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue in Santa Monica, about two miles away. According to Neiman, the suspect walked into the Santa Monica police station, where he was questioned and later arrested.

An LAPD bomb-sniffing dog was called to check the abandoned car for explosive devices in what Neiman termed "an abundance of caution ... based on (the suspect's) mannerisms."


Kai August 04, 2013 at 01:01 PM
He knew damn well what he was doing as is indicated in the report that he scoped out the crowd before committing this heinous act. All the more reason to hang him in addition to making him pay restitution for murder, businesses losses, interferering with pedestrians safety and medical expenses.
RJ August 04, 2013 at 10:48 PM
...unfortunately this sub-human probably doesn't have two nickels to rub together let alone be able to give "restitution" but "hang him" will work! Don't care what personal problems he has.....hang him sooner than later! So dam tired of our society not holding people accountable for their actions. We just keep letting people get away with more and more
Ann Blake-Tracy August 05, 2013 at 09:15 AM
Instead of a bomb sniffing dog they should have sent in an antidepressant sniffing dog since that is what is generally found in almost every one of these types of mass tragedies. The term Road Rage was never even heard of before these SSRI antidepressants hit the market. In tracking antidepressant cases we actually coined the term Road Rage before the media even picked up on it. Your hang em' high attitude will do nothing to stop these cases. People waking up to the serious adverse effects of these drugs will stop them!
catman August 05, 2013 at 09:39 AM
With all the police deployed on the Boardwalk every day if just one of them had been around at the beginning of this rampage the only dead person right now might be the jerk behind the wheel of the car. But the're never around when things like this happen. That's because they're all too busy writing tickets for people smoking cigarettes and other petty nonsense. We don't need more police or more barriers down there. What we need is for the police to start doing their jobs which is supposed to be fighting crime and not acting as strong arm collection agents for a bunch of politicians who think the main purpose of government is to bleed everybody dry of their last dime so they can keep collecting their ridiculously high paychecks.
mimi August 05, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Ann- If antidepressants are abused or incorrectly prescribed, they can cause violent behavior. That's why it is critical to find a doctor who understands all of the contraindications before writing a prescription. There is overwhelming empirical evidence that antidepressants save and enhance lives when prescribed and used appropriately. Are you a Scientologist?
Ann Blake-Tracy August 05, 2013 at 12:31 PM
The Scientology scapegoat is such an old one! Can you come up with nothing better? How the drug companies got any mileage out of that one I have no idea! I have nothing to do with Scientology whose main beef is with psychiatrists more than it is drugs. The large percentage of antidepressants are handed out by general docs, not shrinks. After studying, writing, lecturing, testifying in cases and gathering cases involving these drugs for 23 years I would like to know where you think you found any "empirical evidence" that "antidepressants save and enhance lives"?! The studies drug companies kept hidden for 20 years were released five years ago demonstrating NO MORE BENEFIT from these drugs than a placebo yet they carry warnings of both homicidal and suicidal ideation - that is obsessive and compulsive thoughts of killing oneself or others. We have gathered thousands of cases. Without these drugs you would have an amazing drop in violent crime.
mimi August 05, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Ann- Your white hot rage answered the question. You are a Scientologist who is unable to engage in an objective discussion about psychotropic meds. I am very familiar with the long term studies of antidepressants. I am a licensed clinical psychologist. Not a Scientologist.

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