Homicide

Driver who killed honeymooner, injured 16 on Venice Beach boardwalk goes on trial for murder

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013, file photo, Nathan Campbell, a transient from Colorado, enters Los Angeles Superior Court. Campbell, who killed a honeymooner when he plowed into crowds of people at the Venice Beach boardwalk, is going on trial for murder. Jurors were seated Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court and lawyers are presenting opening statements in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013, file photo, Nathan Campbell, a transient from Colorado, enters Los Angeles Superior Court. Campbell, who killed a honeymooner when he plowed into crowds of people at the Venice Beach boardwalk, is going on trial for murder. Jurors were seated Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court and lawyers are presenting opening statements in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)  (The Associated Press)

A driver who killed a honeymooner when he plowed into crowds of people at the Venice Beach boardwalk is on trial for murder.

Jurors were selected Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and lawyers were set to present opening statements in the case against Nathan Campbell.

Prosecutors say Campbell intentionally drove onto a sidewalk to bypass barriers and then targeted vendors and pedestrians on the popular walkway.

His lawyer says the Colorado man had no ill intent and he blames the crash on a faulty shift lever in the Dodge Avenger that had been recalled.

Police say Campbell fatally struck Alice Gruppioni of Italy and then ran into 16 other pedestrians.

Detectives say Campbell was legally drunk when he surrendered to police later and had drank vodka after the incident.