Driver in 'Zombie Walk' crash files legal claim

SAN DIEGO - A man who drove through a crowd at the "Zombie Walk" during this year's Comic-Con has filed a claim against the city of San Diego.

On July 26, as the Zombie Walk was underway at the intersection of Island an Second avenues, there were real-life screams on street. A woman wearing a pink top was hurt and on the ground.

In cellphone video, a honk from a car horn is heard, before a black Honda sedan inches into the crowd. The crowd surrounds him, but then the driver races off, leaving behind a woman with a broken arm.

The driver -- who is deaf -- remained at the scene and wasn't cited, though the San Diego County District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case.

In an online interview, Matthew Pocci said people were jumping and punching the car, while someone opened the back door. He said he feared for the safety of his girlfriend and others in the car, including a 9-year-old boy.

Pocci's attorney, Dan Gilleon, said the ordeal has been traumatizing.

"He had a nervous breakdown. He hurt somebody and now he's known as the deaf guy who drove through the crowd and hurt somebody," said Gilleon.

Pocci just filed a claim that alleges the city created dangerous conditions during an unpermitted event, especially since San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman was part of the walk. Her own department tweeted a photo her at the walk.

"Instead of police stopping it and halting it, and saying disband or you're under arrest because you don't have a permit, they encouraged it," said Gilleon.

Gilleon calls impromptu attempts at traffic control inadequate.

Pocci's claim is a precursor to a likely lawsuit.

10News reached out to police and city officials, but they declined comment.

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