San Diego Zombie Walk organizers announced that the Zombie Walk will be on indefinite hiatus due to a pending litigation surrounding last year’s incident at Comic-Con and has nothing to due with safety concerns. A 64-year-old woman was injured during 2014’s Zombie Walk, when a deaf man drove his vehicle into a crowd watching the parade.
Witnesses alleged Mathew Pocci was angry and deliberately drove his car into the crowd. However, Pocci’s lawyers claim he was scared when his car was surrounded and reacted out of fear. He faces three years in prison if he’s convicted of felony reckless driving. His trial is scheduled to start in October.
In this Facebook announcement, Zombie Walk suggests an alternate event for horror fans dead set on gathering.
“If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday… I was recently made aware of a horror cosplay meet-up/photo op taking place at Children’s Park at 5:00PM. This is not a walk; just a meet-up for horror-themed cosplayers to hang out, take pictures, and make friends. This is not affiliated with ZombieWalk:SanDiego, but may be a good alternative for those who just HAVE to zombify on Saturday.”
Zombie Walk also took action on Twitter in response to media speculation: