Accident leads to end of Humans vs. Zombies game

IOWA CITY — Organizers have canceled the remaining days of a “Humans vs. Zombies” game that was part of the University of Iowa’s RiverFest 2011 after a player was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon.

The name of the player hit, whether that person was a UI student and details of the accident were not immediately available Wednesday.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said little information was available Wednesday because there was no written report, it was still under investigation and the officers who responded to the call were off duty Wednesday.

Brotherton said officers responded to a medical assist call at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Clinton and Jefferson streets. The call was listed as ”car versus ped,” Brotherton said.

Game organizers said on the event’s Facebook page they were disappointed to have to end the event.

UI Spokesman Tom Moore on Wednesday said UI officials were aware of the accident, but the decision to stop the game was up to event organizers. Moore declined to discuss any details of the accident, saying that information should come from Iowa City Police.  

The RiverFest 2011: Humans vs. Zombies game began Tuesday. Zombie players tag the human players and turn them into zombies by touching them. The human players can throw rolled up socks at zombie players to stun them. The game designates safe zones, such as dorm rooms, bathrooms, academic classrooms and public transit.


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