Production owners, executive producer charged in train track death of assistant on Gregg Allman biopic
The executive producer of the film "Midnight Rider," and the two owners of Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc., were all indicted in the unexpected death on set of a camera assistant.
Sarah Elizabeth Jones was hit by a train on February 20 while working on the Gregg Allman biopic near Savannah, Georgia. Six other crew members were also injured after a CSX train barreled through on its route at 58 mph and struck and killed Jones. The crew had been shooting on the tracks.
"Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass regarding the death of Sarah Elizabeth Jones," reports CNN. Miller and Savin are the owners of the production company. Sedrich was the film's executive producer.
According to CNN, "Under Georgia law, involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years. Criminal trespass, a misdemeanor charge, has a potential sentence of 12 months."
Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers founder and subject of the film, shared his own personal condolences on his website. "I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set," he wrote. "My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning."
Jones was further remembered in this year's Academy Awards "In Memoriam" montage.
Visit Slates for Sarah on Facebook to continue to keep the issue of safety on movie sets alive in Jones' honor.