The director and producers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter
Ahead of the release of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, the film’s director and producers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in Wayne County, Georgia Supreme Court. The charges refer to the death of camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jones, 25, was struck by a freight train and killed instantly. Sources alleged that the production had permission to go near the railroad track, but not on it.
Richard and Elizabeth Jones at Sarah Jones' memorial - Photo: Getty 2014, David McNew
Jones died during filming last February, after being hit by a train. The subsequent investigation, conducted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the NTSB, several months. The Sheriff’s Office handed over its findings into the DA back in April and the DA’s Office was to decide whether to file charges.
Jones’ death and the subsequent charges have served as a wake-up call to the film industry and caused professionals to take an in-depth look at on-set safety. Production on the film has since been suspended, with star William Hurt, who was on set when Jones was killed, pulling out of the project. If convicted, director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish could face a maximum of ten years in prison for manslaughter under Georgia law, in addition to a potential 12-month sentence for misdemeanor criminal trespass. The first date in court is yet to be announced.
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