Tragic news about a Twilight and Robert Pattinson fan at Comic Con. Info on how to help

Tragic news about a Twilight and Robert Pattinson fan at Comic Con. Info on how to help

UPDATE: Summit/Lionsgate gave $1000 to the fund for Gisela. Click HERE to donate. This was there statement on the site:
On behalf of the entire company, our thoughts and prayers are with Gisela's family, wishing them peace and harmony during this difficult time.
UPDATE: From Summit/Lionsgate:
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.
UPDATE: Gisela was a fanfic reader and a fundraiser has launched in her honor. Click HERE to read the sweet memories of her in that community. If you're interested in contributing, the link is below with the other fundraiser mention in the post. 

Sad news coming from Comic Con today. A Twilight and Rob fan, @mad4hugh (Gisela), died early Tuesday morning in a tragic accident.

Gisela is in the green top in the blue chair with the covering.

Photo caption: MiChiamoElle: Me, :D RT #sdcc‬ ‪#glamping‬ the first campers waiting for ‪#twilight (Source)

From Eclipse premiere, Gisela is in the glasses.


News report after the cut...

Here is the report out of San Diego from San Diego Union-Tribune:
A 53-year-old Comic-Con fan who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center to secure a place at the popular “Twilight” panel was struck by a car and killed Tuesday.

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., said police 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 tripped and hit the side of the car, Glass said.

He said the woman was crossing the street alone, and there were apparently no other pedestrians nearby who witnessed the accident.

An ambulance took the unconscious woman, who was bleeding profusely from her head, to a hospital where she died.

Friends on social media networks have identified her as Gisela Gagliardi, of Kingston, N.Y.
The 67-year-old driver, a San Diego man, stopped and was interviewed by officers. His wife was a passenger, Glass said.

Police closed westbound Harbor Drive from Fifth to Eighth avenues for more than two hours while they investigated the crash, said police Lt. Andra Brown. The road has since reopened.

Comic-Con fans said Gagliardi, who was with a group, had been in line since Sunday for the panel for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” set for Thursday afternoon in Hall H. The highly anticipated panel will include cast appearances and exclusive footage from the movie.

Fans said the convention center staff was about to switch the line, so the beginning became the end, and that she was running to keeping her place in line.

“It’s such a sad loss for our community,” said 23-year-old Melissa Sandate of Tucson, who is a fellow fan of the teen vampire saga.

She said Gagliardi was not wearing a costume at the time.

Gagliardi’s passion for “Twilight” is well-documented on her Facebook page. In 2010, she posted a photo of her and a friend posing with the movie’s star, Robert Pattinson, in Los Angeles. She also mentions standing in line at Comic-Con last year.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences,” said Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer. “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident.”
Shortly after the crash, fans took to Twitter under the hashtag #RIPTwiFanG to express condolences. They said they were working to organize a moment of silence. A memorial fund has been set up for her family.

The convention opens to some fans Wednesday for preview night
Fellow fan, whom I've met at previous events, @robkris13, added this to the report:
a few details abt Gisela's accident: First, let me explain what was happening this morning re the line. Security decided we had to move once again and told us it would be an hour before we would do so. She went with friends across the street thinking there would be plenty of time before they had to return. Security then came back and told everyone they had decided to move us in 20 minutes. They were rushing back to the line to gather their things to move.

I received info from someone who went with her to the hospital that they were rushing across the street, the car turned in front of her, she made eye contact with the driver, she tried to stop to avoid the car, stumbled and fell hitting her head on the pavement. The car didn't hit her.

The media was already here at the convention center so they were on scene at the intersection trying to interview us "are you a friend? tell us about her. did you see the accident?" and trying to interview the poor devastated driver and his family. It was so intrusive.

Yesterday I wasn't happy about the need to come so early to line up and camp out for the panel on Thursday. Now I'm glad I did because I had the opportunity to talk and laugh with Gisella, L & J, because they were sitting next to us in will always be a treasured memory.

This horrible accident has caused all of us in line to bond and be even closer. Lots of tears and hugs and we are planning to honor Gisella in some way tonight or tomorrow.

Please remember her family and friends in your prayers.
This is so heartbreaking and something close to home for many of us that travel to Twilight or Rob promo events.

If you'd like to know some more about the memorials going on:
  • Fundraiser for Gisela and her family, click HERE 
  • UPDATE: Another fundraiser for Gisela through fanfic community, Click HERE
  • A petition to have Gisela honored at Comic Con, click HERE
  • Memorial being organized on twitter, click HERE and HERE 
  • TwilightFB twitter account continues to retweet information, click HERE 
If you hear of more, feel free to share them in the comments.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the fandom down in San Diego, Gisela's close friends at Comic Con and especially her family and friends back home. We're a beautiful fandom and have made life-long friendships through our love of Twilight and our love of Rob. Cherish that always and virtually hug your sisters in the DR. Better yet, give them a call if you can. xx


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