SAN DIEGO – The woman seriously injured during the “Zombie Walk” testified Wednesday in the trial of Matthew Pocci, a deaf man charged with felony reckless driving for allegedly deliberately driving through a crowd.
When Cynthia Campbell took the stand, Pocci wiped away tears. He’s accused of running over Campbell during the “Zombie Walk” at Comic-Con 2014.
Campbell recalled the horrifying experience that left right her arm and right leg severely injured.
She was working as a professional photographer and had found what she called the perfect location to take pictures in the middle of the intersection at 2nd Avenue and Island. Campbell testified she heard a loud commotion, turned and noticed a car inching into the crowd.
“I thought that was not a good combination,” she said.
Campbell said she remembers people trying to stop the car until she was on the ground.
“I saw the two people sit on the car. Then I remember being hit twice,” Campbell said.
She was disoriented until she woke up in the hospital after surgery. She has since had five surgeries and suffers chronic pain.
Earlier in the day, the body language of a crowd watching the “Zombie Walk” was analyzed in the trial. An expert witness was tasked with breaking down the body language of the people surrounding the car during the crash in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Grant Fredrick explained to the jury frame by frame, his interpretation of what may have been going on leading up to Pocci driving through the crowd.