Driver ordered to trial in Venice Beach boardwalk crash

Car Into Beachgoers

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Pedestrians gather as police and fire officials respond after a car drove through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the driver of a car that plowed through crowds of tourists at the Venice Beach boardwalk last summer will stand trial on charges of murder, assault and leaving the scene.

The judge ruled Wednesday after arguments from the prosecution and defense in a preliminary hearing of the case against 38-year-old Nathan Campbell.

Campbell will face one count of murder, 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 10 counts of leaving the scene. Seven counts were dropped.

Campbell's lawyer claims it was an accident. Victims testified that the driver seemed to intentionally aim at tourists and vendors at the famous Southern California tourist spot.

Thirty-two-year-old Alice Gruppioni, a honeymooning newlywed from Italy, was killed and 16 other people were injured.

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