San Diego 'Zombie Walk' Goes Very, Very Wrong

Driver, surrounded by 'zombies,' allegedly runs woman over

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2014 5:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hundreds of "zombies" thronged near the San Diego Comic-Con last night for "Zombie Walk," and things went terribly awry when a driver had a hard time negotiating his way through the crowd. Police say the driver got impatient and drove forward a bit while waiting for "zombies" to clear an intersection, and then the people dressed as zombies started surrounding his car. "He kept getting more and more aggravated and people barely rocked his car and he just hit the gas and boom," a witness tells 10 News—the driver allegedly hit a pedestrian. Or, as the spectator puts it, he "nailed the lady and just took off." The woman suffered a broken arm, and NBC 7 reports two more people suffered minor injuries.

A police lieutenant notes, "The pedestrians had the right of way, but there's a possibility the driver felt he was threatened by the crowd as they … encircled his car and started jumping on his hood." Another officer says the driver's windshield even got smashed, though some witnesses say that happened after the collision. A crowd of people chased the driver—who had his family in the car with him; the entire family is reportedly deaf—down the street as he looked for a police officer; he was then taken into the station for questioning. Police say the driver was cited, but won't be criminally charged, though the incident is still being investigated. A Comic-Con official tells Deadline the walk was not directly affiliated with the convention, and the walk organizers have declined comment.

Greg Withrow participates in the 2014 Zombie Walk from South Main to Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. Friday, May 30, 2014.
Greg Withrow participates in the 2014 Zombie Walk from South Main to Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. Friday, May 30, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Nikki Boertman)
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