Coverage of a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a crowd on the Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Crash Prompts Calls for More Barriers

Some business owners say that tourists driving on the boardwalk is a common sight

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    A crash on the Venice boardwalk that killed a pedestrian and injured 11 others has drawn attention to traffic barriers separating surface streets and the boardwalk, which might be insufficient, according to a Los Angeles City Councilman and locals. Reggie Kumar reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

    After a driver allegedly went on a deadly rampage when he plowed into pedestrians at the Venice Beach boardwalk, an LA City Councilman on Sunday called for better barriers to prevent such tragedies.

    Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said the current barriers in place at the Venice boardwalk are insufficient.

    "There is a way around them,” he said.

    RAW VIDEO: Venice Hit-and-Run Aftermath

    RAW VIDEO: Venice Hit-and-Run Aftermath
    A witness captured this video shortly after a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on the Venice Boardwalk.

    That's what police say Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, did on Saturday when he drove his Dodge Avenger around the barriers and onto the boardwalk, killing a woman and injuring 11.

    Bonin said he will ask the Los Angeles City Council to move quickly on approving the installation of new barriers as he plans to have them up before the end of the year.

    Hit-and-Run Driver Plows into Crowd by Venice Boardwalk, Killing 1

    [LA] Hit-and-Run Driver Plows into Crowd by Venice Boardwalk, Killing 1
    A hit-and-run driver plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near the Venice Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 11 others. Detectives have detained a possible suspect and a vehicle of interest, authorities said. Jane Yamamoto reports from Venice for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.

    Business owners can attest to just how poorly the barriers are working.

    They say they see drivers get around the barriers and onto the boardwalk regularly.

    “For tourists and out-of-towners, it’s not very clear,” said Juan Del Rio, a Venice vendor.

    Business owners hope that the city might install retractable barriers like the ones put in place eight years after an 87-year-old man crashed his car into the Santa Monica Farmer's Market in 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 63.

    The Farmer's Market has highway-style barriers that can stop vehicles from entering the pedestrian area.

    The highway-style barricades stop vehicles from entering the pedestrian area.

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