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San Diego Zombie Walk turns ugly

Woman struck by vehicle suffers broken arm

The annual “Zombie Walk” started at Children’s Park, near the corner of Island and First avenues in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Soon, about a block away, a driver blamed a horde of zombies for an incident that left a a 64-year-old woman lying in the street with a broken arm.

Officer David Stafford of the San Diego Police Department said the Honda Accord stopped as it tried to enter the intersection of Second and Island. The 48-year-old driver, reportedly deaf, was with his family, including wife and two children.

After several minutes of waiting, the children became afraid as the crowd of zombie participants crossed in front of their car. So, the driver began to slowly roll forward, according to Stafford. The driver then sped up, hitting the woman with the side of the car.

Zombie Walk participant Bill Robinson said he and his wife and a few others chased after the car but the driver stopped near some police officers.

Ginger Rosser was with her daughter, “I saw the whole thing unravel. We heard they'd caught him so we walked over and I was appalled to see his two children sitting in the backseat! This could have been prevented by zombies stopping and letting the cars pass, but the driver was an impatient ass.”

Video:

Zombie Walk incident

Zombie Walk organizers posted a statement on their Twitter account @sdzombiewalk: “Look, we are fairly certain we know what happened based on many eyewitness reports. Getting tired of media trying to spin this for ratings.” The organizer posted a YouTube video saying, “Posting this video so that people can see what really happened.”

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The annual “Zombie Walk” started at Children’s Park, near the corner of Island and First avenues in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Soon, about a block away, a driver blamed a horde of zombies for an incident that left a a 64-year-old woman lying in the street with a broken arm.

Officer David Stafford of the San Diego Police Department said the Honda Accord stopped as it tried to enter the intersection of Second and Island. The 48-year-old driver, reportedly deaf, was with his family, including wife and two children.

After several minutes of waiting, the children became afraid as the crowd of zombie participants crossed in front of their car. So, the driver began to slowly roll forward, according to Stafford. The driver then sped up, hitting the woman with the side of the car.

Zombie Walk participant Bill Robinson said he and his wife and a few others chased after the car but the driver stopped near some police officers.

Ginger Rosser was with her daughter, “I saw the whole thing unravel. We heard they'd caught him so we walked over and I was appalled to see his two children sitting in the backseat! This could have been prevented by zombies stopping and letting the cars pass, but the driver was an impatient ass.”

Video:

Zombie Walk incident

Zombie Walk organizers posted a statement on their Twitter account @sdzombiewalk: “Look, we are fairly certain we know what happened based on many eyewitness reports. Getting tired of media trying to spin this for ratings.” The organizer posted a YouTube video saying, “Posting this video so that people can see what really happened.”

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I watched the video that was supposed to support the parade organizers. Sorry, doesn't help your case. Looks to me like a road closure was in order. Seriously, that many people in one intersection, without crowd and/or traffic control? The driver had every right to flee for his safety, however "situational awareness" was probably the key to this not happening, as in - if you're driving near the convention center during Comic Con, one might see zombies and other adults playing dress up.

July 28, 2014

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