Woman Killed at Comic-Con Throws Shadow Over Convention — Jaywalking or In Line?

In recent years, the lines at Comic-Con have become chaotic to say the least.

The annual Comic-Con convention is being held in San Diego this year.  While it has its roots in comic books historically, the convention has grown into a melting pot of science fiction, comics, and pop culture.  People flock to the  conventions each year and often dress up as characters from popular franchises like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or The Lord of the Rings.  The last few years, the convention grew exponentially as a whole new group of people descended on Comic-Con — the “Twi-Hards.”  The unbelievable success of the Twilight franchise has ushered in thousands of new Comic-Con enthusiasts who are dying to get a glimpse of the cast of the movies that have appeared at the last few conventions.  Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Tyler Lautner have been good sports appearing at each convention to support the films and commune with the fans.  This year, the onslaught resulted in tragedy.

53-year-old Gisela Gagliardi couldn’t wait to have her chance to see her favorite characters up close and personal.  She tripped and fell while crossing a street and was struck by a car.  She was killed instantly.  Twilight fans and Comic-Con veterans alike continue the convention today with heavy hearts, but many are frustrated by the lack of preparation by the city to prepare for the convention.  Lines are out of control, and not enough precautions have been taken to safeguard the uncommon amount of foot traffic.  It’s not like San Diego officials didn’t know this was going to happen.  They have had months to prepare, and Comic-Con has consistently grown in attendance each year.

As always, there is a debate raging.  It seems that some are saying that Gagliardi was technically jaywalking when she was struck by the car, making it her fault because she was breaking the law.  Others go by the tried and true logic of “the pedestrian always has the right of way.”  No word on how the accident was ruled by police yet.  The way it is classified legally will no doubt be a big relief or burden to the person operating the vehicle.

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