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Comic-Con : Tragedy strikes in San Diego with Twilight fan hit and killed by car

Comic-Con : Tragedy strikes in San Diego with Twilight fan hit and killed by car

Olivia here in beautiful, sunny San Diego.

Sad news to report, though.

It hasn’t even started yet – still 24-hours to go until the doors open – and already Comic-Con is off to an unfortunate start.

A pedestrian, running across the busy highway towards the San Diego Convention Center to get back in-line for the “Breaking Dawn Part 2” panel (yes, they’re lining up days in advance for it), was struck by a car today. The woman, 57-year-old Gisella Gagliardi, from New York, has sadly passed away from her injuries.

It is believed that Gisella, a popular face among the “Twilight” fan community (her twitter account now inundated with condolence tweets), had decided to ignore a red light and run across the busy crossways to the line. One car saw her crossing, and slowed down, but another was unable to in time – Gisella ultimately tripping and hitting her head on the side of the car. She was bleeding profusely when paramedics arrived.

The incident occurred just after half-past eleven this morning near Fifth Avenue and Harbor Drive.

“Woot woot! One week from right this moment @MiChiamoElle and I will be on line to pick up our 2012 #SDCC badges!,” Gisella tweeted last week.

Sadly, Gisella won’t be enjoying the Comic-Con she so anxiously awaited, nor the film she was there in force to support – “Breaking Dawn Part 2”.

Just horrible. May the poor thing rest in peace.

Stay tuned for my Comic-Con updates beginning tomorrow!

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Olivia Marne is a Melbourne-based University graduate and full-time publisher who joined Moviehole in 2011.

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