SAN DIEGO (TheBlaze/AP) — A driver struck and seriously injured a woman while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.
The 48-year-old driver and his family, who are all deaf, had waited for several minutes at a downtown intersection Saturday as a large crowd taking part in the walk, including some in zombie makeup, went by at around 5:30 p.m., Officer David Stafford said.
However, when small children in the car became frightened of the crowd, the driver rolled slowly forward to get through, Stafford said.
Some crowd members became angry, surrounded the car, pounded on it, climbed on it and smashed the windshield, he said.
The driver then sped up to flee and sideswiped a 64-year-old woman, who fell under the car.
Here’s a clip from start to finish:
“Her arm was badly scraped. It’s going to need surgery,” he said.
In the following series of screenshots, keep your eye on the man in the blue shirt and white shorts and short light hair who quickly approaches the car from the left side of the screen as soon as the honking starts and then apparently sits on the hood while the crowd gets more agitated:
You can see the man in the blue shirt about to pound on the car as it begins accelerating through the intersection:
And there he is again, after hitting the deck, taken from second video you can watch below:
A witness, Sean Foley, said that in his opinion the driver was at fault.
After waiting about 10 minutes, the motorist started honking his horn and inching forward into a crowd that included children and babies in strollers, Foley said in an email to U-T San Diego.
Foley told U-T San Diego that the driver accelerated and some pedestrians stood in front of the car and yelled at the driver to stop, noting at least one person sat on the car’s hood.
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He said the driver “floored his car” into the crowd and hit several pedestrians. That’s when the windshield broke, Foley said.
He described the woman’s injury as a severe stripping of her skin from her upper arm to the elbow, exposing the bone. Some health professionals in the crowd aided her, he said.
Meanwhile the driver sped down three or four blocks, with people chasing him until he stopped, Foley said.
Police Lt. Paul Rorrison told reporters the driver was taken to police headquarters for questioning, in part to get him away from the crowd that swarmed the car when it stopped on First Avenue. Police said Sunday the driver was not arrested in connection with the incident.
Here’s the second video from another angle: