An early-morning accident on the sixth season of Power has left a longtime production assistant dead. Pedro Jimenez was fatally struck by a SUV at around 4:30 AM ET Monday while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot for the Starz series.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family,” a Starz spokesperson told Deadline of the death of the 63-year old Parking PA. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”
Jimenez has been with the series since its first day of production. Power debuted in 2014.
NYPD officials say they are investigating the incident and have spoken to the driver of the 2006 Ford Explorer that hit Jimenez. The driver was also a member of the Power crew, I’ve learned.
In the midst of the filming for the upcoming season of the drama series created by Courtney Kemp and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Power has temporarily shut down production. The move is out of respect for the family of Jimenez, which was informed of his death almost immediately after he was pronounced dead by medical authorities at Brooklyn Hospital this morning.
The halting of filming also will allow crew members and cast on the series starring Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora deal with the loss, sources say.
No cast members were on set when the fatality occurred; their call time was not until 7 AM ET.
There’s no word on when production will resume. However, a planned holiday break on the show is coming up, so the shutdown could go into early 2019.