The driver who plowed through the crowd at a Zombie Walk during Comic-Con where an elderly woman was hurt said he was confused, scared and feared for his safety.
The man said he feels badly about hurting the woman and is still distraught about the incident.
In an interview with iDeafNews, the driver, whose identity was not disclosed because the investigation is still ongoing, said he was unaware that a Zombie Walk was happening.
The 48-year-old man had just finished his volunteer shift at Comic-Con and was leaving the downtown area with his sister, girlfriend and her son.
The man said after a motorcycle cop stopped his car to let the zombie walkers pass, he turned off his car engine and waited. He said the whole thing started when participants surrounded his vehicle.
“After they surround my car, I went ahead honking my horn lightly and moved my car slowly,” he said. “I was puzzled with the things that were going on.”
Things escalated when a spectator, who sat on the hood the car, punched the windshield, shattering it, and another spectator opened the back passenger-side door of the car.
“I got scared. That’s when I plowed my car through the crowd,” he said. “I had to do this to save my family because of the crowd. I couldn’t tell if the parade was done.”
In a video of the accident posted on YouTube, a man could be heard yelling, “Flip that car.”
After he drove through, the driver said he went to the nearest police officer to explain what had happened. At the time, he did not know that he had hit anyone. He said he felt a bump, but he had to get out of the situation because he was scared and the safety of his family comes first. His sister, girlfriend and her son was crying, he said.
“I felt awful about it,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe that I actually hit the old lady.”
He offered to pay the victim’s medical expenses. He said he couldn’t sleep for the next few days and cried about what had happened.
The driver was not cited and the San Diego Police Traffic Division is still investigating the accident.