The parents and widower of an Italian woman who was fatally struck by a vehicle on the Venice Beach Boardwalk in California on August 3, 2012, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles.
According to Southern California Public Radio station 89.3 KPCC, 32-year-old Alice Gruppioni was honeymooning in Los Angeles with her husband, Cristian Casadei, when 38-year-old Nathan Campbell drove his car onto the Venice Beach Boardwalk into a group of pedestrians. The incident left Gruppioni dead and 17 others injured.
The plaintiffs claim that the City of Los Angeles was aware of a potentially hazardous condition on the Boardwalk and failed to properly address it, thus putting pedestrians in danger.
"Here, the City of Los Angeles failed to protect against the dangers of a vehicle driving on the Boardwalk by failing to have adequate barriers or bollards to prevent non-emergency vehicles from driving on the Boardwalk," wrote the plaintiffs' accident attorney, Gregory Bentley, as noted by the news outlet.
The source reports that Campbell has pleaded not guilty to murder and other felony charges. His lawyer alleges that the event was an accident.
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