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Transient with jail record held in beach rampage

August 5, 2013 • National News


Mustafa, left, and his wife, Yesim Balci pose at their stand along the Venice, Calif., beach boardwalk Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 near where a Saturday incident involving a driver who accelerated through a crowd of beachgoers, hitting one person after another as bystanders tried desperately to get out of the way. The hit-and-run killed an Italian woman on her honeymoon and hurt 11 others. Yesim shows her injured right leg where she was struck by the driver. Theirs was the first stand hit. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, is a transient who served brief stints in jail in Colorado, authorities said Monday.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, had been in the Los Angeles area a short time but had no fixed address, and police have been unable to find any evidence he was working.

Investigators believe Campbell, who was arrested for investigation of murder after he walked into a police station several hours after the rampage on Saturday, was driving his own car, Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

“I think we can safely say, when he turned himself in … he implicated himself in the Venice incident,” Smith said.

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