SDCC 2014: Car Swarmed, Woman Injured During Comic-Con Zombie Walk

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SDCC 2014: Car Swarmed, Woman Injured During Comic-Con Zombie Walk

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Make-believe horror turns real-life scary outside SDCC.

A tongue-in-cheek celebration of pretend gore and safe scares turned real-life-deadly Saturday evening at the San Diego Comic-Con's annual "Zombie Walk," an event where participants march while costumed as the living-dead, when a woman was struck by a car after it was (allegedly) attacked by some marchers.

Details are not 100% clear as police are still looking into the incident at this time. The car, which was occupied by a deaf family, was stopped waiting for the marchers to pass at approximately 5:30pm when, according to the father (who was driving) his children became frightened by the "zombies." He began to move forward - possibly angling for the crowd to let them through - at which point, police say, multiple persons began to beat on the car, smashing its windshield. The car then drove forward to escape (stopping when it reached a nearby police officer) and in the process is said to have struck a 64 year-old woman who was subsequently hospitalized for a possible broken arm.

There are, currently, discrepancies as to whether either the injured woman or all of those attacking the car were marchers or spectators. Police are investigating and will seek video recordings of the incident.

Source: Deadline

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Itīs always fun till someoneīs loosing a windshield

Geez, that's terrible. Looks like next year, assuming they do it again after this incident, they need to lay a bit more of ground rules of what participants do, even if it ends up not being their fault. I wonder how it was all planned, and if people knew what the route would be as well as what time it was running from. They've done it before, so it might just be chalked up to a few bad individuals. I'm glad that it ended up only being a broken arm, and not something more serious.

The car was moving fast enough to hit a women and break her arm ? LOORRRRRI !!!! CAAAARRRRRRLLL !!!!!

Sad to say, this doesn't surprise me. If there is any one thing hardcore zombie-walk fans don't understand, it's "I'm not playing, leave me alone please."

My big question here is did they smash the windshield because they were taking the whole "zombie march" thing wayyyyyyyy to far, or did some people think the driver was trying to run them over and reacted violently?

AstaresPanda:
The car was moving fast enough to hit a women and break her arm ? LOORRRRRI !!!! CAAAARRRRRRLLL !!!!!

The car wouldn't have to be moving fast for it to happen, especially given the age of the victim. Just a gentle nudge to knock her off balance, an awquard fall and bam! Broken arm.

Morti:

AstaresPanda:
The car was moving fast enough to hit a women and break her arm ? LOORRRRRI !!!! CAAAARRRRRRLLL !!!!!

The car wouldn't have to be moving fast for it to happen, especially given the age of the victim. Just a gentle nudge to knock her off balance, an awquard fall and bam! Broken arm.

Time to get that adamantium bonding sorted eh ^.^

But yeh even so, i cant see a bunch of zombie ppl being able to break a windshield with their hands so either some asshole took somthing to it or the guy driving broke it in the panic of his kids shitting themselves.

major_chaos:
My big question here is did they smash the windshield because they were taking the whole "zombie march" thing wayyyyyyyy to far, or did some people think the driver was trying to run them over and reacted violently?

I think it's the latter with a little bit of the former thrown in. It's seems to me like they saw a car driving towards the crowd and wanted to get the driver to stop by hitting the car, but someone took it too far by smashing the windshield which just made things worse.

I'm kind of suprised that they had a zombie walk somewhere where this could have happened in the first place. Keep that shit away from traffic! It's lucky that only one person was seriously hurt though, it could have been a zombie apocalypse and the medics wouldn't have a clue who was hurt and who was wearing makeup. The horror...

That's pretty awful news. Then again, this is what happens when some people take their love for "geek" culture way too far. My first and foremost hope is that the lady who was struck is (relatively) alright.

Guys, lets be rational here, something seems fishy about this story. Maybe we should wait till more details come out. Responsible folks should use this article to realize they should check their footage of the parade to see if they can provide any assistance....

Aww who are we kidding this is the internet! OMG STUPID ZOMBIZ LOL

Disappointing, next time someone fit an anti mine flail on their car before driving through the zombies Dead Rising style.

Oh dear... there's always some people who just take it a bit too far, isn't there? Maybe they should try to, I dunno, keep the marchers away from traffic to avoid this kind of thing?

This would never happen in Pittsburgh. They gots some brains over here, oddly.

FalloutJack:
This would never happen in Pittsburgh. They gots some brains over here, oddly.

plus, a swarm of furries bringing money every year is more acceptable than a swarm of zombies bringing oddity I guess XD

OT: seriously never have understood this sort of thing.......zombies really aren't all that interesting at this point because media has dragged the concept into the ground....but....*shrugs* some people really do go too far XP

They do one of these things in a city close to where I live every year as part of a big charity event. They have the sense to do it on the down town river walk though so as not to mess with traffic and/or people on the sidewalk. It usually has a pretty massive turn out since it's a college town and all but still manages to go off pretty smoothly.

FalloutJack:
This would never happen in Pittsburgh. They gots some brains over here, oddly.

It's all the one way streets and Pittsburgh lefts, and parking chairs.
We like to do our driving idiocy in short bursts, rather then letting it build up into one extremely stupid event.

"Hey Tim, sit down mommy and Iīve got something to tell you. Yesterday, grandma was killed when while pretending to be a zombie she attacked a car full of deaf people. The driver, perplexed and bedazzled by the sudden influx of the living dead, ran grandma over and sadly could not hear that the crowd was yelling at him to stop rather than chanting for more brains. Needless to say, her head popped like a watermelon, sending chunks of grandma all over the sidewalk. Sweet dreams, champ!"

Stay classy, San Diego.

Why am I not surprised in the slightest that a bunch of people at a huge event like this weren't controlling themselves.

Attacking the fucking windshield, are you kidding me?

Slegiar Dryke:

FalloutJack:
This would never happen in Pittsburgh. They gots some brains over here, oddly.

plus, a swarm of furries bringing money every year is more acceptable than a swarm of zombies bringing oddity I guess XD

Pittsburgh is most grateful to receive their money.

direkiller:

It's all the one way streets and Pittsburgh lefts, and parking chairs.
We like to do our driving idiocy in short bursts, rather then letting it build up into one extremely stupid event.

I dunno. The streets are worse in Ohio, but the traffic jams you get in Pittburgh are legendary.

JSoup:
Sad to say, this doesn't surprise me. If there is any one thing hardcore zombie-walk fans don't understand, it's "I'm not playing, leave me alone please."

I worked a traffic escort detail for a zombie walk downtown last year. One stretch of it went up a major thoroughfare. The crowd was supposed to stay on the sidewalk, but didn't (in fairness, the event was bigger than anticipated and they probably wouldn't all have fit). There were a number of participants running up on people's cars while they were stuck in traffic, clawing at the windshields, and even leaning or reaching in open car windows.

It's a minor miracle none of those idiots got shot.

ThatDarnCoyote:

JSoup:
Sad to say, this doesn't surprise me. If there is any one thing hardcore zombie-walk fans don't understand, it's "I'm not playing, leave me alone please."

I worked a traffic escort detail for a zombie walk downtown last year. One stretch of it went up a major thoroughfare. The crowd was supposed to stay on the sidewalk, but didn't (in fairness, the event was bigger than anticipated and they probably wouldn't all have fit). There were a number of participants running up on people's cars while they were stuck in traffic, clawing at the windshields, and even leaning or reaching in open car windows.

It's a minor miracle none of those idiots got shot.

Here's hoping that from now on cons will take steps to make sure these events don't get out of hand. I mean, this time it "only" led to one woman being injured; but it could have been so much worse.

Then again, as someone who's not into roleplaying himself I have a particularly difficult time understanding why someone would want to roleplay as a zombie of all things.

Smashing the windshield? If the marchers are responsible, they got quite the arm....

Thats strange the walk held at the con in Phoenix had the cops shutting down and barricading the intersections well in advance of the walk.

Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

Cool, didn't know it was ok to run people over just because they were in your way. Glad that's cleared up.

If I was unfortunate enough to have to witness a "zombie walk", I'd probably want to run them down too.

Still doesn't make it right, of course.

BramblinTheGnome:

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

Cool, didn't know it was ok to run people over just because they were in your way. Glad that's cleared up.

I consider it okay to defend oneself in any way possible when you're feeling threatened by a mob. The fact that the zombie roleplayers can't understand that not everybody is interested in pretending to be swarmed by flesh-eating monsters is their problem, and it was my understanding that they were also in clear violation of traffic laws by standing in the middle of a road.

hentropy:
Stay classy, San Diego.

OT: Aw shit, son... I feel like this could have been avoided, but still... Hope the women's okay, though...

BramblinTheGnome:

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

Cool, didn't know it was ok to run people over just because they were in your way. Glad that's cleared up.

In California, pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. ALWAYS. Even while jaywalking. They could sit down in the middle of the street, and if you are in car, you just have to sit there.

The driver should be fined for a traffic violation, and hit-and-run.

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

And you're really up-playing it by bolding it. :P

Uriel_Hayabusa:

I consider it okay to defend oneself in any way possible when you're feeling threatened by a mob. The fact that the zombie roleplayers can't understand that not everybody is interested in pretending to be swarmed by flesh-eating monsters is their problem, and it was my understanding that they were also in clear violation of traffic laws by standing in the middle of a road.

The 'zombies' weren't doing anything to the car until the driver started pushing into the crowd. I am assuming that the pedestrians were breaking the law by obstructing traffic, but the proper response to that is not to plow through them with a 2-ton automobile. A better idea would be to alert authorities to what is happening.

Spaceman Spiff:

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:
Looking at the video, it seems like the driver is at fault. He/she was blaring their horn and pushing into the crowd. It looks like the zombies didn't do anything (besides totally obstruct the road) until the car had pushed itself halfway into the crowd.

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

And you're really up-playing it by bolding it. :P

Uriel_Hayabusa:

I consider it okay to defend oneself in any way possible when you're feeling threatened by a mob. The fact that the zombie roleplayers can't understand that not everybody is interested in pretending to be swarmed by flesh-eating monsters is their problem, and it was my understanding that they were also in clear violation of traffic laws by standing in the middle of a road.

The 'zombies' weren't doing anything to the car until the driver started pushing into the crowd. I am assuming that the pedestrians were breaking the law by obstructing traffic, but the proper response to that is not to plow through them with a 2-ton automobile. A better idea would be to alert authorities to what is happening.

Yes, I emphasized because I felt that it needed to be emphasized. And the driver wasn't "plowing" through them either, he signaled for the crowd to make way and slowly approached; and the zombie roleplayers responded by hurling insults ("flip the car!" and being selfish and dismissive.

Uriel_Hayabusa:

Spaceman Spiff:

Uriel_Hayabusa:

You're really downplaying the fact that the zombie roleplayers were standing somewhere they weren't supposed to be standing by putting it between brackets.

And you're really up-playing it by bolding it. :P

Uriel_Hayabusa:

I consider it okay to defend oneself in any way possible when you're feeling threatened by a mob. The fact that the zombie roleplayers can't understand that not everybody is interested in pretending to be swarmed by flesh-eating monsters is their problem, and it was my understanding that they were also in clear violation of traffic laws by standing in the middle of a road.

The 'zombies' weren't doing anything to the car until the driver started pushing into the crowd. I am assuming that the pedestrians were breaking the law by obstructing traffic, but the proper response to that is not to plow through them with a 2-ton automobile. A better idea would be to alert authorities to what is happening.

Yes, I emphasized because I felt that it needed to be emphasized. And the driver wasn't "plowing" through them either, he signaled for the crowd to make way and slowly approached; and the zombie roleplayers responded by hurling insults ("flip the car!" and being selfish and dismissive.

Also noted, not ok to swear at someone who is endangering your life or they get to just up and try to kill you. I love the life lessons here!

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