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Councilman describes colleague's reaction to Venice hit-and-run

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Members of the Los Angeles City Council were gathered Saturday evening at the Hansen Dam Ranger Station for the community swearing-in of Councilman Felipe Fuentes — just about the time a driver allegedly plowed through a group of people gathered on the Venice Beach boardwalk. 

Councilman Mitch Englander spoke at Tuesday's council meeting about the incident and the response of his colleague, Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice neighborhood.

"All of the sudden it was like a movie where you look down and every single council member, their phones are going off and everybody is in shock," Englander recalled. "You saw Mike bolt out and run toward the car and just take off to go down to the incident." 

"We all share, Mike, in what you've been going through," said Englander after the city council approved the concept of a Venice Beach Public Safety Needs Assessment.

An Italian tourist on her honeymoon was killed in the crash. Another 16 people were injured. 


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