In the past few years there have been some pretty insane stories to come out of the San Diego Comic-Con. With the event not even kicking off until tomorrow night, something incredibly tragic occurred today that’s already shrouding the event in sadness.
Per the U-T San Diego, “A 53-year-old Comic-Con visitor who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center to secure a place at the popular Twilight panel was struck by a car and killed Tuesday.”
The full story is inside.
U-T continues: “Police closed westbound Harbor from Fifth to Eighth avenues for more than two hours while they investigated the crash, said police Lt. Andra Brown. The road has since reopened.
The woman was in a crosswalk and had a red light when she tried to run across Harbor toward the convention center about 9:20 a.m., said Sgt. Ron Glass.
The driver of one car saw her and slowed down, but the driver of a Subaru Outback didn’t see her in time, Glass said. The pedestrian tried to stop her own momentum when she saw the oncoming Subaru but ended up tripping into the car, Brown said.
An ambulance took the unconscious woman, who was bleeding profusely from her head, to a hospital where she died, Brown said. Her name has not been released.
The 67-year-old driver, a San Diego man, stopped and was interviewed by officers.
Comic-Con fans said the woman, who was with a group, had been in line since Sunday for the panel for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, set for Thursday afternoon in Hall H. The highly-anticipated panel will include cast appearances and exclusive footage from the movie.
Fans said the convention center staff was about to switch the line, so the beginning became the end, and that the pedestrian was running to keeping her place in line.
“It’s such a sad loss for our community,” said 23-year-old Melissa Sandate of Tucson, who is a fellow fan of the teen vampire saga.
She said the woman was not wearing a costume at the time.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences,” said Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer. “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident.”
Fans took to Twitter shortly under the hashtag #RIPTwiFanG after the crash to express condolences and were working to organize a moment of silence and memorial fund.
The convention opens to some fans Wednesday for preview night.”