Randall Miller, the director who was filming a movie entitled “Midnight Rider” about the life of singer/songwriter Greg Allman, has pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sarah Jones.
Sarah Jones, a camera assistant, was struck and killed by a train on a trestle where Randall Miller had set up set. Randall Miller hadn’t obtained permission to be there and hadn’t checked train schedules to make sure that his film crew wouldn’t be at risk. As it turns out, a freight train was scheduled. At the time a hospital bed was on the tracks on the trestle. Crew tried to get out of the way of the on-coming train. Sarah was struck by the bed and thrown into the train. Eight other crew members were injured.
Randall Miller was sentenced to two-years of jail time, eight years probation and $20,000 in fines. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecution agreed to drop all charges against Miller’s wife and business partner, Jody Savin.
Sarah Jones death raised awareness of the dangers that are often ignored on movie sets. A website http://pledgetosarah.org/ that seeks to get all cast and crew of movie sets to commit to making safety the most important priority on any and all movie sets they might work on.