Tragedy has struck San Diego Comic-Con 2012 before it has officially started. A woman was killed early this morning when she was struck by a passing car, as she was going to stand in line for the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel outside of Hall H.
The 53-year-old woman was trying to run through a crosswalk on Harbor Drive, just outside of the San Diego Convention Center at approximately 9:20 AM this morning. A local news report has identified the victim as 'Gisela,' an accountant from Kingston, New York, although her identity has not been officially confirmed. Here's how a local news report described the accident.
"The woman was in a crosswalk and had a red light when she tried to run across Harbor Drive toward the convention center about 9:20 a.m., said police 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. The pedestrian tried to stop her own momentum when she saw the oncoming Subaru but tripped and hit the side of the car, Glass said."
Lionsgate also released an official statement regarding the fan's death earlier 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."
It isn't uncommon for fans to start lining up for Twilight panels days before Comic-Con even begins. The woman was reportedly waiting in line since Sunday.