— Lilian (@MiChiamoElle) July 9, 2012
Let’s not get into any “it had to happen” stuff here. It didn’t have to happen. But it did. A 53-year-old Twilight fan was struck by a car as she rushed across Harbor Drive to get a spot in line for Thursday morning’s panel, and later died from her injuries.
The woman was in a crosswalk and tried to run across Harbor toward the convention center against the light 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.
Twi-hards have been camped out since Sunday in order to get a seat at the last ever Twilight panel. While the woman’s name hasn’t been released until her family is notified, her fellow Twilight fans are already mourning her on Twitter. The above picture is believed to be her with friends camping out.
It isn’t clear from the UT San Diego’s account why she was running across the street against the light on a busy highway, so until all the facts are out, let’s not make assumptions.
Friends of fan “G,” as she’s being called, are already planning a memorial and calling for a moment of silence at the panel Thursday.
With the pre-existing animosity of the “Twilight ruined Comic-Con” faction, this horribly sad and tragic event will doubtless be the subject of even more scrutiny and vitriol. As we’ve noted over the years, Camp Twilight is a peaceful, fun, engaged part of the fan experience, and this sad event shouldn’t overshadow that. At the same time, the levels of fan hysteria that are taking over the ENTIRE Comic-Con experience should be looked at. It just isn’t worth dying for.