EXCLUSIVE: A still photographer injured on the set of Midnight Rider in the February 20 accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones has filed a negligence lawsuit against the film’s director Randall Miller, producers and several others involved in the ill-fated production. Izabeau Giannakopoulos was shooting photos on the first day of filming in rural Wayne County, GA and was one of six crew members injured when a freight train roared across a railroad trestle on which they were filming.
This is the third civil suit filed against the film’s producers. Hair stylist Joyce Gillard filed suit for injuries she suffered that day, and Jones’ parents filed a wrongful death suit that was subsequently partially settled.
Giannakopoulos’ attorney, Michael Weiss, said his client suffered “serious injuries” on the trestle that day. “She was seriously injured in the back and neck, and is unable to continue working and is still recovering from her injuries,” he said. The suit, filed Tuesday in Georgia’s State Court of Chatham County, seeks unspecified damages.
Defendants named in the suit include Miller, producer Jody Savin, production manager Jay Sedrich and assistant director Hillary Schwartz. All will be standing trial on criminal manslaughter charges next month in connection with Jones’ death.