'Midnight Rider' Director, Producer Surrender to Georgia Authorities

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Producer and Writer Jody Savin and Director, Writer, and Producer Randall Miller attend the Premiere of 'CBGB: The Movie' during the CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 8, 2013 in New York City.

"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin turned themselves in to police in Wayne County, Georgia, on Sunday, following their July 3 grand jury indictments on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Both Miller and Savin have since made bail and were released, a spokesperson for the Wayne County jail tells The Hollywood Reporter.


Executive producer Jay Sedrish was also charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.

Jones was struck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic on February 20. Her death has served as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry about on-set safety issues. 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.

Several civil suits have recently been filed against Miller, Savin, Sedrish and various other individuals and companies associated with the film.

The Midnight Rider team was filming a dream sequence on railroad tracks along a trestle over the Altamaha River when Jones was killed. The crew tried to clear the tracks when a train approached, but Jones was unable to escape. Several other crew members were injured. It's unclear whether the crew had permission to be on the tracks.

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. Miller and Savin own the production company behind the film, Unclaimed Freight.

This article was first published by The Hollywood Reporter


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