Matthew Pocci, a Comic-Con volunteer who ran over a woman during the 2014 SDCC ZombieWalk was found guilty yesterday and now faced up to three years in prison.
The jury deliberated only a day to reach its verdict. Pocci, who is deaf, was leaving the convention center and become caught in a crush of people dressed as zombies for the annual event while stopped at an intersection. While he claimed he became “very nervous” when the crowd surrounded his car, the DA reported he was aggressively honking his horn. Pocci then gunned his engine, running over the woman’s arm. Video surveillance cameras captured the entire incident.
The ZombieWalk was cancelled this year and it’s unknown if it will ever be resurrected.
The moral of the story: don’t bash your car into a crowd of people.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.