Councilman Bonin has spent much of his evening at the scene of this evening’s tragic events on Ocean Front Walk. Bonin says he is “as always, incredibly impressed by the diligence, hard work, and professionalism of the men and women of the LAPD and LAFD”.
When I asked Councilman Bonin if there will likely be new car barricades on the boardwalk as a result of this evening’s tragedy, the Councilman responded “absolutely!” and said that he will be “conferring with LAPD and LAFD over the next couple days to compile a full list of their recommendations, including bollards or barricades, to prevent this type of horrible tragedy from ever happening again”.
The Councilman added “I have already spoken to Mayor Garcetti to secure his support as well”.
Our condolences to all that were injured today and their families.
A man drove down the Venice Boardwalk at approximately 6pm, injuring pedestrians while doing so. LAFD says
12 people are “critically hurt”. We wish the best to all of the victims and their families.
Update: ABC says LAFD tells them “two of those patients are in critical condition and two are in serious condition. The other eight suffered minor injuries”.
Update 2: Fox 11 says that one victim has died. A vehicle has been located and a suspect has been detained in Santa Monica, possibly after turning himself in.
Update 3: Videos have started showing up online:. 1, 2, 3 and (sadly, one that shows the driver in action) more.
Update 4: NBC reports that the driver who was arrested is 38 year old Nathan Louis Campbell. They also report that the victim who died is 32 year old Alice Gruppioni of Italy. Gruppioni was on her honeymoon. Our condolences to her family and friends.
More news when the LAPD releases it:
Our original report:
From witness Jenny W (her update is below):
“DRUNK DRIVER On THE BOARDWALK!!!! stay home at least 10 injured. We’re fine, we were on a balcony at Dudley and ocean front walk.
Black car (Challenger or Challenger similar, brand new) sped around onto boardwalk, hit tons of people continued on the board walk at least half a mile boardwalk closed south of candle/Dudley”
Here is the suspect vehicle, as captured by SNAPCHAT‘s video security camera: Continue reading