Tragedy struck just outside the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday morning, as a 53-year-old woman reportedly rushing to line up for Thursday's "Twilight" panel at Comic-Con was hit by a car. She was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead.
The woman -- whose name was being withheld at press time, but who may have been identified by "Twilight" fansites -- was crossing against the light, reported San Diego's 10News.
"Apparently the pedestrian, as she went [along] the crosswalk, stumbled and fell and struck the vehicle as it passed by her," San Diego Police Department Sergeant Ron Glass told 10News.
Reporter Melissa Molina, who is covering Comic-Con for the site ScreenCrush, was not a direct witness to the accident, but did write on Twitter that the woman was apparently running "to get her place in line after they moved it to the tents."
The "Twilight" panel is always one of the most popular events at Comic-Con, the annual assembly of genre fans where movie studios showcase upcoming films. This year marks the final time the young adult franchise will feature at Comic-Con, with "Breaking Dawn Part 2" wrapping up the series in November.
Comic-Con starts on Thursday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 15.
UPDATE: Per LA Weekly, an online petitiononline petition has been set up asking for a moment of silence for the deceased fan during the "Breaking Dawn Part 2" panel. There is also a Twitter hashtag (#RIPTwiFanG) where fans have been leaving notes of condolences.
UPDATE No. 2: Lionsgate has released a statement about the tragedy. "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." [via Deadline.com]