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‘Twilight’ Fan Dies In Tragic San Diego Comic-Con Accident

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.”



  • sinjin_samhain

    As much as I don’t see the draw in this series,and may rag on its fans sometimes as many do–there is nothing funny about this tragedy and I think it’s awful for someone to lose their life at all,much less doing something like this that brings them joy and someone else kills them.My thoughts and prayers go out to thier family and loved ones.

    • killrobot

      Well said. The internet sucks the empathy right out of people, I’ve already read soo many horrible comments around the web about this story.

      • zaglewiz

        Its not that it sucks the empathy out of people, its more along the lines of LETS SEE HOW MANY COMMENTS OF SHOCK AND AWE THAT I CAN GET, I guess for attention cause they aren’t getting it anywhere else. Its a fucking shame that people have to go that route instead of being human beings and realizing that its a fan base just like our horror community has ours.

  • djblack1313

    this is heartbreaking news. imagine being so excited to go to comic-con (i’ve always wanted to go!) only to have this happen. my condolences to the person’s family and friends.

  • mav07

    There is a special place in Hell for the people who crack jokes about this online.

  • xombi22

    Guess I’m going to Hell then, cuz I giggled when I read about this:D

    • zaglewiz

      Why would you giggle about this? Cause its the cool thing to do cause it involves Twilight? I don’t understand how anyone can laugh/giggle at anyone losing their lives over something like this. That could have been you waiting in line to see a horror icon. Regardless someone lost their lives going to see something they enjoy just like we enjoy our balls to the wall gore in horror movies and such.

  • Taboo

    Wow that sucks.. r.i.p.

  • JonOfTheShred

    I’ve always thought Twilight was dangerous for ones mental and psychological well-being, but now that danger has entered the physical realm.

    My condolences…to her taste in literature / movies.

    No, but seriously, that really sucks, getting hit by a car right before getting to do something you enjoy. RIP to her

    • zaglewiz

      I couldn’t imagine that defining moment of going into something I’ve been looking forward to and then out of the blue being struck dead by something. R.I.P to her indeed 🙁

  • Marty McFly

    Just one less Twilight fan in the world.

    Seriously though, that does suck.

  • zaglewiz

    My condolences go out to the family and friends in this tragic situation. It could have been any of us standing in that line for some newer horror movie only for something like this to happen. Twilight fan or not its the same thing in the end if you’re waiting to see or be a part of something you truly enjoy.

    • Ultrazilla

      No…it couldn’t have been “any one of us”. I’m sorry this happened to her, but she ran across a city street cross walk against a red light. I know Comicon is exciting and crazy, but life risking behavior while caught up in the moment? Not everyone succumbs to that. Not trying to sound like a dick, just reasonable.

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