The Comic-Con death of a dedicated “Twilight” fan in San Diego on Tuesday has prompted Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment to issue a joint statement on the matter. “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.”
The 53 year-old victim, who has been identified as Gisella G., was struck by a car while waiting in line for the “Twilight” Comic-Con panel that is scheduled for Thursday. Since seating is limited, it’s not uncommon for fans to start waiting in line days in advance. Although her death is sure to be on everyone’s mind before the panel — which include Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, and director Bill Condon — no one knows whether or not Gisella’s death will be addressed.
The victim was apparently crossing the street against the red light in order to keep her place in line when she was struck by a car. Although Gisella noticed the vehicle was not slowing down, she tripped on her way to safety, which ultimately resulted in her death. Witnesses say that the victim was “bleeding profusely” as paramedics whisked her away to the hospital. The 67 year-old driver was detained at the scene for questioning. No charges have been filed.
To express their condolences to Gisella G.’s friends and family, tons of folks have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts with the world. You can sample some of their reactions to this unfortunate tragedy by investigating the posts you see below. And if you’re at Comic-Con this week, for the love of God, people, please be careful.
Wow, really sorry to hear about Twilight fan who was killed in front of ComicCon center. Tragedy during what should have been a happy week.
RT Chelseal3eliebs: Can’t believe a Twilight fan died from a car accident whilst waiting to meet the Twilight Cast at Comic-Con. So sad 🙁
Very sad news today from San Diego. Our thoughts and prayers go out to @mad4hugh‘s family and friends.