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Comic-Con vigil ends tragically for "Twilight" fan

Fans are seen outside the San Diego Convention Center during the second day of the Comic-Con International 2011 convention. File/AP Photo/Denis Poroy

(CBS/AP) SAN DIEGO - "Twilight" fans today are mourning the death of a 53-year-old fellow fan, who was hit by a car Tuesday on her way to wait in line for a "Twilight'' panel at the San Diego Convention Center.

The woman was identified by fellow fans as "Gisella G." Fans told U-T San Diego the woman had been in line since Sunday for a Thursday afternoon panel on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," the last film in the hugely popular "Twilight" series, set for release Nov. 16.

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The woman "ran into the middle of Harbor Drive and tried to stop in her tracks but it was too late,'' said San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown. The 67-year-old male driver whose car hit her has cooperated with investigators and will not be cited, Brown said.

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, the film's distributors, released the following statement late Tuesday: "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."

According to E! online, online fans have taken to Twitter (starting the hashtag #RIPTwiFanG) to express their sympathy and and one of the movie's stars, Nikki Reed, has joined the outpouring, tweeting, "This is horrible. So sad. I'm speechless."

More than 100,000 pop-culture aficionados are expected to flood the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday. Many fans have been camped out all week.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Comic-Con, despite its size, has had few injuries or incidents. In 2010, one fan stabbed another with a pen and several years before that, a falling ceiling beam injured people at a panel discussion .

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