Comic-Con 2012: ‘Twilight’ Fan Killed While Waiting for Panel

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While typically a fanatic’s safe zone, the San Diego Comic-Con has been hit with a tragic accident days before its official launch.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a 53-year-old New York woman who had been waiting in line for Thursday’s Twilight panel was struck by a car on Tuesday morning and later died.

According to local police, she tried to cross the street against the light. One driver slowed down to avoid her while another driving a Subaru Outback didn’t see the woman and hit her. Bleeding profusely from the head, the victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she died.

While the authorities haven’t confirmed the victim’s name, reports say she’s Gisela Gagliardi. She had been waiting in line since Sunday when the festival organizers decided to switch the line so that the beginning was the ending. Gagliardi was apparently running to keep her place in line.

A CNN reporter snapped a photo of her among others and identified them as the “first campers” for the Twilight panel. There is also a photo of Gagliardi with Twilight star Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, on her Facebook page.

The Twitter hashtag #RIPTwiFanG has been used to send condolences and organize a moment of silence and memorial fund.

Comic-Con organizers didn’t immediately respond to Celebuzz’s request for comment.