Comic-Con Fan Struck By Auto, Killed

Twilight fan Gisela Gagliardi, part of a group camping out in advance of the opening of the San Diego Comic-Con, died as a result of stumbling into a moving Subaru Outback as she ran through a busy crosswalk on Tuesday morning, July 10.

The 53-year-old resident of Kingston, NY was taken unconscious to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver was questioned by police but not charged, because he had the green light.

Responding to an online petition, Twilight distributors Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment said Gagliardi “will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H”, where Comic-Con holds many of its major Hollywood-themed events, holds 6000 people.

Fans have been making black ribbons to wear in memory of the accident victim. Also, an online site has been established to raise money for Gagliardi’s funeral expenses.

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster for the story.]

5 thoughts on “Comic-Con Fan Struck By Auto, Killed

  1. “Responding to an online petition, Twilight distributors Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment said Gagliardi “will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H.”

    I hope they do this with taste — and not do it with a subliminal message that she died for her favourite TV series & movie.

  2. There was no indication in any of the public comments that they were going to do any such thing. If anything, they were quite upset, Taral, about the death of one of their fans. She had pictures of herself taken with Robert Pattinson in her camera from a previous convention.

    Not speaking of you, but as a general comment, anyone who makes “Twilight” jokes about her death has less sensitivity than a great white shark.

  3. On the fund-raising site, it says Lionsgate contributed $1,000 toward her funeral expenses.

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