Amy Andrews Gossip Girl by Amy Andrews
Tragedy strikes 53-year-old 'Twilight' fan killed at San Diego Comic Con
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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The woman has been named as Gisela Gagliardi, an accountant from Kingston New York. The die-hard fan traveled to every event and discussion panel for the “Twilight” series of books and movies.
According to reports, Gagliardi was crossing the street outside the San Diego Convention Center to get in line for the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” session. She was hit by an oncoming Subaru. Police said the light was already red when she tried to cross.
The woman died later in hospital suffering a severe head injury.
The 67-year-old male who was driving the Subaru cooperated with authorities and will not be charged.
Galiardi had been in line since Sunday for a Thursday panel on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” along with thousands of other fans.
On her Facebook account, she has a photo of herself posing beside “Twilight” star, Robert Pattinson.
A statement was released late on Tuesday by the film’s distributors - Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, saying; “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.”
At an event that brings great joy to many, it is a tragedy of how it ended for one die-hard fan and her family.