SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry participants in 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 Second and Island avenues as a large crowd taking part in the walk, including some in zombie makeup, went by at around 5:30 p.m., San Diego Police Officer David Stafford said.READ MORE: New Order Mandates COVID Vaccinations For Health Care Workers In California
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 family was scared so the father drove forward again trying to get away from the angry crowd,” Stafford saidREAD MORE: Pasadena Unified School District Parents Voice Concerns About Return To Classrooms, Vaccines, Testing
When the driver sped up to flee, he sideswiped a 64-year-old woman, who fell under the car.
“Her arm was badly scraped. It’s going to need surgery,” Stafford said.
Some witnesses chased the car for several blocks until the driver spotted a police officer and stopped.
Stafford said the investigation is continuing, but it is likely the driver will not face any charges.MORE NEWS: Five Arrested After Wild Pursuit Ends With Car Crashing Into Pole, Flipping Over
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