Alice Gruppioni, 32, a newlywed who was enjoying her honeymoon in California, was killed a car crash August 3, 2013 on the Venice boardwalk. The crash, caused by a transient, identified as 38-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell, also injured 11 others of which five have been released from area hospitals. According to a KABC news report Campbell went around barricades at Dudley Avenue and purposely struck pedestrians on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Campbell then fled the scene in his vehicle. Campbell has been arrested and is facing a murder charge.
Safety Concerns on the Boardwalk
Los Angeles City Council members are now looking into installing more barriers on the boardwalk to prevent non-emergency vehicles from entering the walkway. A councilman has also proposed that a loudspeaker be installed to alert people during emergencies. This crash was reminiscent of another accident 10 years ago when an elderly driver plowed into a crowd at the Santa Monica Farmers Market and killed 10 people.
After that incident, barricades were installed at the market. Officials believe that the same types of changes need to happen at Venice to prevent more tragedies like this one in the future. Police say Campbell appeared to have deliberately plowed into the crowd on the boardwalk with the intention of striking the pedestrians.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members of Alice Gruppioni. Family members say she managed a business in her hometown in Italy and was married just two weeks ago. What a horrible tragedy for her husband and everyone who knew and loved her! They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
In this particular case, there is no question that Campbell can be held civilly and criminally liable for the fatal crash and injuries caused to others. However, if it is determined that unsafe conditions or lack of proper safety measures on the boardwalk contributed to this incident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the boardwalk can also be held liable.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties seeking damages as well. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options. It is important to remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.