Paul Nimnicht Hit By Car While Chased By Man In Gorilla Suit

A San Antonio man was hit by a car on Friday when he ran into traffic, pursued by a man in a gorilla suit.

Paul Nimnicht, 32, darted onto the highway just after midnight, a nearby Hooters patron told police. The Hooters patron said someone in a gorilla costume appeared to have been following Nimnicht, according to KENS 5.

The gorilla-suited individual was ultimately identified as an employee of the Coco Bongo, a tropical-themed nightclub near the highway, Fox San Antonio reports. The employee told investigators that Nimnicht had been visiting the nightclub and had remarked he wanted to kill himself shortly before making a run for the highway.

The employee was running after Nimnicht to try to stop him from committing suicide, police say.

Though two cars swerved to avoid Nimnicht, he was ultimately hit by a white Infiniti. He was taken to a local hospital and is listed as in stable condition, according to KSAT.