'Midnight Rider' charged with involuntary manslaughter in train wreck
A Georgia county court has charged director Randall Miller and two producers of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the February on-set death of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones. “An indictment has been returned in Wayne Superior Court charging Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass,” announced Jackie L. Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney, in a statement. “Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of 12 months.”
Jones, a camera assistant, was killed on a train trestle during an action sequence being filmed in Wayne County, Ga., in February. Jones was hit by a speeding train, and several other crew members were injured in the accident. Production on the film was halted and has not resumed.
“The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the incident since February,” Johnson also said. “Detective Joe Gardner presented the case to the Grand Jury on July 2, 2014. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Sheriff John Carter and his officers for their investigation. Because this is a pending case, this office cannot comment any further at this time.”
A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in May by Jones’ parents that listed, among others, Gregg Allman as one of the defendants.
Savin co-wrote the screenplay with Miller, and the two are partners in Unclaimed Freight, the production company responsible for the film. Sedrish is an executive producer on the project.
Unclaimed Freight and its attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment, as they were still reviewing the new charges.