UPDATE 4:38 PM: Lionsgate just released the following statement about the death of the Twilight Saga fan who was killed in an accident in San Diego today.
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.
PREVIOUS 1:15 PM: An unidentified woman was hit by a car and killed this morning outside the San Diego Convention Center while heading to line up for a Twilight Saga panel at Comic-Con. Local media reports that the 53-year-old, called “Gisella” by fellow Twilight fans on social media today, suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at 9:51 AM, police say. “Police said she was in a crosswalk and tried to run across Harbor about 9:20 AM. She tried to stop when she saw an oncoming Subaru but ended up tripping into the car”, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Sources tell Deadline the woman was returning to the line for Thursday’s Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 panel. “The driver of the vehicle was a 67-year-old while male who remained at the scene and was cooperative with police during their investigation,” San Diego Police spokesperson Lt. Andra Brown told Deadline. Comic-Con officially runs Thursday-Sunday, but fans often begin lining up days ahead to get a seat. The woman reportedly had been in line since Sunday.