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Comic-Con's Zombie Walk Returns

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    Comic-Con's Zombie Walk Returns

    Two years after a hit-and-run crash put a damper on it, the "Zombie Walk" is back. NBC 7’s Matt Rascon reports. (Published Saturday, July 23, 2016)

    Two years after a hit-and-run crash put a damper on the "Zombie Walk" during Comic-Con - it's baaaack.

    Hundreds of Zombies made their return to the Gaslamp for the popular walk Saturday. 

    “It's amazing, so much positive energy,” zombie walker Samantha Mensah said. “Everyone is so excited to get together and be nerds…It's so beautiful.”

    In 2014, pedestrian Cynthia Campbell was hit by a car driven by Matthew Pocci during the "Zombie Walk." 

    Pocci, a deaf man, failed to yield to pedestrians and onlookers as they participated in the event.

    Cambell was pinned under his car and suffered serious injuries.

    Pocci was ultimately convicted of felony reckless driving causing serious injury and was sentenced in December 2015 to three years of probation and 60 days of electronic monitoring.

    “It’s a damper on the community for those that take part every year,” zombie Rebecca Gomez said.

    Lt. Wes Morris of the San Diego Police Department said they have a larger police presence this year.

    “The 'Zombie Walk' was one aspect of a bigger picture,” he said. “As a whole we have a lot of officers here.”

    “It was unfortunate that someone got hurt, and it’s cool to have it back,” zombie Dominique Houston said. "Everyone in San Diego is trying to make something positive out of something negative.”

    Campbell, Pocci and his passengers all sued the city of San Diego for damages in the accident, arguing the city should have closed roads and set up detours to make the streets safer during the "Zombie Walk".

    A Superior Court judge ruled the city was not negligent and is not liable.