How sad! Following the tragic death of ‘Vampire Diaries’ crew member Sarah Jones on February 20, her parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones are just trying to cope by campaigning for safety on all film sets. Georgia prosecutors are charging filmmakers with involuntary manslaughter, and the Jones’ are in total support of the legal process. Click below for more details.
Sarah Jones, a crew member on The Vampire Diaries was just 27 years old when she died on the first day of filming on the set of movie, Midnight Rider, after tragically being hit by a train. The movie’s filmmakers have been charged with manslaughter, and Sarah’s parents say that they are “comfortable” with the charges. Is justice being served?
Sarah Jones’ Parents ‘Comfortable’ With Manslaughter Charges Against ‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers
After the tragic death of beloved Vampire Diaries crew member 27-year-old Sarah Jones, the filmmakers of the set she died on have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Sarah’s father, Richard, has released a statement on him and his wife’s behalf, stating that they approve of the charges.
“Elizabeth and I are comfortable that the authorities were both careful and meticulous in investigating and bringing charges related to the incident that took our daughter’s life. We must allow the criminal justice process to proceed unhindered. Our mission remains the same: to ensure safety on all film sets. Safety for Sarah.”
Sarah’s parents were the first to file a wrongful death suit against the filmmakers, claiming that they are seeking “general and specific damages in amount to be determined by jury.” Involuntary manslaughter is a very serious offense that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Sarah Jones — Her Death Can Save Lives
No one should have to experience what Sarah and her family and friends went through, and that is why campaigns have began to promote safety on TV and movie sets. Caroline Dries, the producer of Vampire Diaries says, “[the campaign] is about awareness about Sarah specifically… and also, more awareness about set safety. [It’s about] having the leadership roles on set really step up and say ‘no.’”
We hope that some good can come out of this tragedy.
HollywoodLifers, do you think the filmmakers deserve involuntary manslaughter charges? Let us know.
— Kindra Bailey