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Accident in Venice Beach kills 1, injures 11

According to a surveillance video, a driver got into a large black car at the Venice Beach boardwalk in California, steered the car around a vehicle barrier and accelerated through the crowd. He reportedly hit numerous people after bystanders attempted to get out of the way. A woman who was on her honeymoon was killed in the incident, and 11 other people were injured.

The driver reportedly drove about a quarter of a mile along the boardwalk before he fled the scene. The auto-pedestrian accident was said to have been over within a few minutes. A couple hours later a man walked into a police station that neighbors Santa Monica and admitted that he was involved in the accident. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 38-year-old man is being held in jail on a one million dollar bail. Police declined to discuss a motive for the attack, but they assured reporters that there was no indication that the attack was a terrorist attack or that anyone else was involved in it other than the arrested man. The man could find himself subject to numerous personal injury lawsuits in addition to any criminal charges that he might face.

The people who were injured in the accident could choose to sue the man for their injuries. They could claim that their injuries would not have happened if it hadn't been for his negligent actions. Additionally, the family of the woman who was on her honeymoon and killed by the accident could choose to file a wrongful death suit against the man. Personal injury lawyers might be able to assist anyone involved in the incident who wants to seek compensation.

Source: Huffington Post, "Venice Beach Crash Video Shows Accident That Killed 1, Injured 11", Tami Abdollah, August 04, 2013

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