Deaf Driver Found Guilty In 'Zombie Walk' Crash

Deaf driver Matthew Pocci convicted of reckless driving 'Zombie Walk' crash in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, California -- Deaf motorist who drove through a group of spectators watching the "Zombie Walk" parade in San Diego, seriously injuring one woman, was convicted Wednesday of felony reckless driving.

Matthew Pocci, 47, faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 11. Jurors deliberated a little more than a day before finding the defendant guilty.

"I'm disappointed. Matthew's extremely disappointed and hurt," defense attorney Ashby Sorensen said after the verdict. "He felt like he was a victim that day and he feels like he's a victim again for simply trying to protect his family."

Pocci testified that he was "very nervous" while waiting for pedestrians to move out of the way near Second and Island as he left the Comic-Con convention with his girlfriend and others on July 26, 2014. The defendant said he started to worry when a crowd surrounded his car and people sat on the hood.

"It's clear that they were very scared there at the end," Sorensen told reporters. The attorney said Pocci who has no prior criminal record could get probation at the time of sentencing.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna told jurors the defendant stopped for several minutes on Second Avenue, and even turned his engine off for a few moments, before honking his horn "loudly, aggressively" and driving into the group of onlookers.

Jurors saw video footage from three different angles.

Campagna said the fact that Pocci is Deaf didn't play much of a role in the crime...

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