New cellphone videos of 'Zombie Walk' hit-and-run surface

Police studying videos, could file charges

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Police Department's accident investigators are poring through several clips of cellphone video as they try to determine who is at fault for an incident that happened during the annual "Zombie Walk" during Comic-Con.

The videos show a black Honda trying to force its way through the intersection of Island and 2nd avenues even though there are hundreds of people blocking the car's path.

"He's blaring his horn at everybody," said Mike Kissinger, who was in the intersection when the incident occurred.

On one of the videos a man can be heard yelling, "Let's roll the car." As the Honda inched into the middle of the intersection, it was surrounded by people, some of them tapping on windows.

Kissinger and another man sat on the car's hood to block the driver's view.

"He sort of started taking off and actually started peeling out and he was, like, going toward the crowd," said Kissinger, who is seen in one of the videos punching the car's windshield.

Salvador Sanchez says he was one of several people trying to get the driver to wait for the parade to pass.

"He just looked upset," said Sanchez. "He was honking his horn, and he was pointing like this and I was telling him just to stop."

Sanchez says at one point, the driver bumped him with his car. A couple of people sat on the hood to stop the driver from inching forward. That is when he hit the gas.

"He decided to use his car as a weapon to hit people with it, and even after hitting people and hitting myself, he still decided to go forward when he could've gone back," Sanchez said.

A woman dressed in pink and holding a camera was struck by the car and one of her arms was crushed. Blood could be seen on the pavement as several people rushed to her aid.

The driver was stopped by police a few blocks away. He spoke to an officer using sign language because he is deaf.

10News contacted certified sign language interpreter Amanda Briggs to tell us what he said. Briggs could only see part of the conversation. The man said he was in a hurry to get home, and felt bad about the woman who was injured. 

"I feel awful about it, but really people wouldn't get out of the way. Everyone kept coming in front of my car. I didn't know what to do," Briggs said.

10News took the video to attorney King Aminpour, who specializes in these types of cases.

"I've been handling car accident cases for the last 18 years," he said. "I have not seen such careless and reckless behavior on the part of a driver when you have so many pedestrians so close to your vehicle."

Investigators say they will be watching several videos to determine what, if any, charges should be filed.

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