‘Twilight’ fan killed by car at Comic-Con #RIPTwiFanG
SAN DIEGO — A woman reportedly in town to attend Comic-Con International 2012 was struck and killed by a car Tuesday in front of the San Diego Convention Center, where the highly popular annual event takes place, authorities reported.
The motorist had a green light when his westbound vehicle hit the 53-year-old pedestrian on Harbor Drive at Fifth Avenue shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.
“Apparently the pedestrian, as she went (along) the crosswalk, stumbled and fell and struck the vehicle as it passed by her,” SDPD Sgt. Ron Glass told 10News.
Medics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The woman was visiting the city for this year’s Comic-Con convention, which begins Wednesday evening, 10News reported. Her name was withheld pending family notification.
From Twilight Examiner:
UPDATE 3: I’ve now learned that the victim’s name was Gisella G. and that her Twitter handle was @Mad4Hugh. A photo of her with friends camping for the event can be seen here (the woman in the green shirt). The area is now being blocked off by police, as can be seen in this picture. She was reportedly 53 years old, and the driver was a 67-year-old male.
UPDATE 4: Some fans are now petitioning for a moment of silence during the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 panel in honor of Gisella. You can sign it here. Other fans have now organized afundraiser for funeral expenses for the victim’s family.
UPDATE 5: Lionsgate and Summit will remember her in Hall H tomorrow. They have released this official statement.Lionsgate, Summit and the entire Twilight community are saddened by the death of a Comic-Con fan today due to a traffic accident during the hours leading up to this year’s convention in San Diego. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. She will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H.
We are deeply sadden by this tragic news. This Twilight fandom is like a family. We are all grieving for her right now.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gisella G.’s family and friends.
Rest in peace TwiFanG.