SDCC 2014: The Zombie Walk Hit and Run
One of the biggest stories to come out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con isn’t about the latest movies, comics, or television shows, but about a hit and run car accident involving this year’s Zombie Walk. Occurring for the last 8 years, the Zombie Walk sees hundreds in makeup and zombified walk through the streets of San Diego.
As The Wrap reported:
A deaf family with small children was inside the vehicle when it slowly rolled through a large crowd of pedestrians, the San Diego Police Department said in a statement given to TheWrap. The incident happened as Zombie Walk participants lined the streets near the corner of 2nd and Island Avenues just after 5:30 p.m., police said. The deaf family was waiting for the Zombie Walk participants to cross the street, so that they could proceed. But after several minutes, “the 48-year-old male driver slowly rolled forward trying to get out of the area,” the SDPD statement said, adding that the man’s children “were afraid of the crowd.” Several people from the crowd of zombies and other pedestrians then “surrounded and began punching the car,” police said. The attack left the vehicle’s windshield shattered. During the chaos, a 64-year-old woman was struck and “sustained serious arm injuries when she fell under the car,” police said. The man’s condition was not known. “The crowd then chased the car on foot as the family drove toward a police officer down the street,” police said. The driver stopped and told police what happened.
In the world where everyone has a camera attached video has surfaced making it pretty clear what was going on. You can see in the video below that the car involved was waiting for the crossing, but became impatient, trying to roll through the crowd. People approach the side of the car to tell them to stop, and when it doesn’t some sit on the hood in hopes that would stop the car from plowing through the crowd. That’s the point the driver guns it through the crowd. It looks like the driver provokes the crowd, not the other way around as claimed.
All the other cars remained patient and were waiting for the crowd. Police caught up with the driver a few blocks down the road, and removed him from the area for his “safety.”
The bigger question is why didn’t the police block each of the roads as the crowd passed through, and then open up the road once they completely passed?