Midnight Rider Filmmakers Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Three filmmakers - Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish - have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.

Miller and Savin own the company Unclaimed Freight Productions (Sedrish is the project's executive producer), which was shooting the film on a train trestle in rural Georgia on February 20. A train approached unexpectedly, killing Jones and injuring others of the crew. Investigators say that Miller started production without a permit.

Under Georgia law an involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a max sentence of 10 years.

The family of Jones is also suing Miller, Savin and Sedrish, along with Allman, the film's distributor, and the companies that own the railroad tracks. The suit claims that the defendants failed to obtain permission to be on the tracks, while deceiving the crew into believing that they were in no danger.

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