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Zombie Crash Trial: Defendant takes the stand

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Trial resumes Monday for a deaf man accused of plowing his car through a group of people during the Comic-Con "Zombie Walk" parade.

On Thursday, Matthew Pocci took the stand in his own defense. He's charged with felony reckless driving.

During his testimony, Pocci said his fiancee, who was in the car with him, urged him to drive through the crowd out of panic. His son and sister were also with them. 

Pocci said the crowd had grown aggressive, and that two men sat on his car. 

"April said let's go. She pointed to the two men and said let's go, go. All I could see was their bodies as they moved out of the way. I pressed on the gas. Door went open. I felt a bump. I didn't know what it was. I thought it was the curb," he said. 

Pocci had hit Cynthia Campbell. She suffered a broken arm and severe tissue damage to her leg. 

"I could not get her off my mind weeks after the accident. I went to Las Vegas. I had to get out of there," he said. 

Cynthia Campbell testified Wednesday about the moment she was severely hurt by Pocci's car when her arm was broken.

"Being on the ground with a lot of commotion, feeling very disoriented. Thinking something pretty bad had just happened," Campbell said.

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According to the prosecution, Pocci's stories continues to change. Prosecutors hammered away at previous statements, and Pocci appeared frustrated. 

According to the prosecution, Pocci, 47, was frustrated and impatient as he moved his car forward while the parade proceeded down Island Avenue. People tried to persuade him to stop, but appeared agitated when someone sat on the side of the hood, the prosecutor said.

"He floored it -- he accelerated his car so fast he left skid marks on the street," Campagna told the jury.

Defense attorney Ashby Sorensen said the case will come down to differing perceptions. His client is unable to hear, and two other adults in the vehicle are also deaf.

Pocci lives in "a different reality" because of his condition, Sorensen said.

His client drove into the intersection when people waved him through, but two large men climbed on the car, "acting very rude, acting disruptive," Sorensen said. "A lot of people would think they were threatening."

Pocci faces three years in prison if convicted of felony reckless driving causing great bodily injury on July 26, 2014.

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