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July 10, 2012

San Diego Union-Tribune: Woman Waiting In Line For CCI Twilight Panel Killed While Crossing Street

The story from the U-T, including a first reaction from spokesman David Glanzer, is here. What seems to have happened is that a 53-year-old fan, identified in subsequent twitter activity as "Gisela G," was struck and hit by a car in the crosswalk on Harbor Drive near the convention center. She had been waiting in line since Sunday for a place in the convention's Twilight panel, and was crossing against the light when she was struck. The article says that the line was being relocated and the fan was trying to keep up with her place in it.

The driver was a 67-year-old man.

David Glanzer sent CR the convention's official statement: "While we have not received an official briefing from the San Diego Police Department, it is our understanding that an individual was fatally injured while crossing Harbor Drive in Downtown San Diego. It is with tremendous sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident."

Glanzer also sent along information about the line-switch that preceded the accident. Apparently it was not a switch-up in the line order as might happen as a way to keep people from lining up too early -- making the last first, and the first last -- or anything where the victim, because of the way the line was going to reassembled, might have felt the need to hurry in order to maintain her place in it (beyond, perhaps, feeling a need to be in the line when the move was made). Instead, it sounds like it was a simple reorientation from a line at the convention center to a line at the Hilton.

"The line was facing the wrong direction," Glanzer wrote. "So if you were the number one person in line you were facing the convention center. The line was moved in a U formation so that first person was moved (and those behind followed) so that they were now facing the Hilton area. They still have the same space in line, just facing a different direction."

A twitter conversation including links to a memorial fund can be found here.

CR extends our condolences to the victim's family and friends.
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