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‘Twilight’ fan at Comic-Con early hit by car, dies

Published: July 11, 2012 | 10:45 am
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A car accident Tuesday morning killed a 53-year-old woman in line at this year’s Comic-Con entertainment expo in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported.
The woman, whose name had not been released, was with a group and had been lined up outside the San Diego Convention Center since Sunday to get a spot at the panel discussion for “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2″ on Thursday, other fans told the paper.

Seating is limited at the expo’s panels, and is first-come, first-served.
On Tuesday, convention center staff were rearranging the line when the woman ran across a street to try to keep her place.
“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.,” the report said.

Although the driver of one car saw her in time to slow down, the driver of a Subaru Outback did not. The woman tried to slow herself, but she “tripped and hit the side of the car,” the report said.

She was taken to a hospital with a severe head injury, and was pronounced dead there about 30 minutes after the crash, a San Diego police spokeswoman told Entertainment Weekly.

The driver of the Outback, a 67-year-old San Diego man, was fully cooperative with authorities at the scene, the police spokeswoman said.

The 2012 Comic-Con International runs Thursday through Sunday, with some preview events Wednesday night. Check the event’s official website for details, and the Union-Tribune’s Comic-Con page for local reports.

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