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Italian woman killed in Los Angeles hit-and-run

The 32-year-old daughter of a former Bologna football club president was killed in Los Angeles on Saturday night after a hit-and-run driver ploughed into a pavement packed with beachgoers on Venice Boardwalk. Alice Gruppioni was on her honeymoon in California after getting married on July 20th.

Italian woman killed in Los Angeles hit-and-run
An Italian woman died after a driver ploughed into a crowd on Venice Boardwalk, Los Angeles. Photo: Wikicommons

A further 11 people were injured, including Alice's husband, Christian Casadei, Corriere della Sera reported.

Alice, daughter of Valerio Gruppioni, president of the global radiator heating firm, Sira Group, and a former president at Bologna football club, died in hospital a few hours after the incident at the popular tourist spot.

A security video at a nearby restaurant shows a man parking his car along the boardwalk and observing the scene for a few minutes before getting back into the car and driving it at high-speed into the crowd.

A few hours later, a man walked into Santa Monica police station and surrendered himself.

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Man charged with killing Italian in LA hit-and-run

Nathan Campbell, 38, has been charged with murder after ploughing his car into a crowd on Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles and killing an Italian woman from Bologna.

Man charged with killing Italian in LA hit-and-run
Nathan Campbell ploughed his car into the packed Venice Beach boardwalk on Saturday. Photo: Wikicommons

Alice Gruppioni, 32, was on her honeymoon when she was hit by the blue Dodge Avenger, which is reported to have been going at up to 90km/h, on Saturday. Eleven others were injured in the rampage.

Campbell, from Colorado, pleaded not guilty during a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday and is due back in court on September 4th.

Witnesses said Campbell, who is reported to have a criminal record for reckless driving while under the influence of alcohol, looked as if he was driving “with a purpose”. He later turned himself in at a police station in Santa Monica.

He is reported to have said: “I do not know why I did it. It’s not clear if I was drunk or on drugs,” according to La Stampa.

The body of Alice, who is the daughter of Bologna football club’s former president, Valerio Gruppioni, is being flown back to Italy on Wednesday. Her funeral is taking place in her home town of Pianoro, near Bologna, on Thursday.

Alice was a manager at the family firm, Sira Group, which makes heating radiators.

She married Christian Casadei on July 20th. They arrived in Los Angeles following a trip that took them to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

“We were walking, we were happy, on honeymoon, and suddenly everything changed. I still can’t believe it and do not remember exactly what happened,” Casadei is reported to have said earlier this week. 

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