Car Plows Through LA Boardwalk, Kills 1

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 4 2013 10:52 AM

Driver “Out for Blood” Plows Through Los Angeles Boardwalk, Killing 1 and Injuring 11

A driver turned a summer evening on one of California’s most popular boardwalks into a horrific scene as he drove his car car straight into a crowd, killing one person, and injuring 11. Witnesses claim the driver appeared to have full control over his car and was purposefully trying to hit people during the hit-and-run that went on for several blocks. “The driver was out for blood,” one witness told a local CBS affiliate. The driver fled the scene but police are questioning a man who turned himself in after the incident. (Update: Police arrested Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, who walked into a police station two hours after the incident saying he was involved, reports the Associated Press. The motive remains unclear.)

Witnesses say they believe the driver was traveling around 60 mph, although several say the speed was closer to 20 mph, reports the Los Angeles Times. Witnesses reported the horrifying scene when a tourist haven suddenly became packed with screaming people. "There was people kind of stumbling around, blood dripping down their legs looking confused not knowing what had happened, people screaming," a witness tells the Associated Press. "It was blocks and blocks of people just strewn across the sidewalk."

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A few videos have emerged from the crash. One of the videos (above) is of security footage from a restaurant that shows how the driver surveyed the scene before driving onto the boardwalk at high speeds. Another video shows the immediate aftermath of the crash. Snapchat also posted pictures of the car on Twitter taken by security cameras outside their office.

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Snapchat // twitter.com/Snapchat/status/363839872471011328/photo/1

This post has been updated with new information since it was originally published.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.