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
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)

(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.

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Richard Winchester
Aug 7, 2014 9:23 PM CDT
These are ZOMBIES, this means they are already dead... Hit ant run t will.
Jul 30, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
First, WHY is there a need to report the driver/family in the car is deaf? Hearing impaired does NOT equate to mentally impaired. Second, based on all that I have read, it appears to me that only when the driver became impatient and began attempting to 'bully' his car through the crowd of pedestrians, did the pedestrians react. But a reaction of 'assault' on the driver's vehicle, especially by a crowd of people, is not only unwarranted but also frightening, which understandably resulted in the driver panicking and momentarily reacting irrationally. Obviously, the driver is at fault for the woman's injuries. As far as charging anyone with a crime? I think one person truly deserves that - the person who jumped on the hood of the car. Of course, I believe this all could have been avoided if the driver had patiently waited for the crowd to move out of the street. And if they were stationary, blocking the road, a quick tap of the horn and a friendly wave, could have very well gotten the attention of at least one or two mature pedestrians who then would have attempted to separate the crowd to allow the driver safe passage.
Phil M. Kelley
Jul 29, 2014 7:24 PM CDT
The driver got "Impatient???" He was surrounded by dozens of idiots made up like zombies who were blocking his path and jumping on his car. When will these morons realize that the drivers they confront in this manner become afraid, especially when they have small children in the car with them.