Pedro Jimenez, a longtime production assistant on the Starz series Power, was killed on set in a fatal accident involving an SUV. The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 A.M. in Brooklyn, New York. Pedro Jimenez was setting up traffic cones in preparation for shooting that was scheduled to take place later that day when he was struck by an SUV. A representative for the network had this to say in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family. Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez' family as we work to fully understand what has happened."
The 63-year-old was a Parking PA and had been with Power since the very beginning of the series, which initially debuted on Starz in 2014. The series has been a big hit for the premium cable network and is heading into its sixth season. Production had been underway on season 6 prior to the recent accident. The series was created by Courtney Kemp, with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson on board as one of the key producers. Jackson took to Twitter upon hearing the news. Here's what he had to say.
"I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family."
Following news of the incident, production was shut down immediately, in part to aid in any investigation that needs to take place, but also so that members of the cast and crew can take time to deal with the loss. The family of Pedro Jimenez was informed of his death almost immediately after he was pronounced dead by the medical team at Brooklyn Hospital, which is where he was taken following the accident.
NYPD officials are currently investigating the accident. According to a report, the person driving the SUV was also a crew member working on Power, but the crew member has yet to be identified. Authorities have spoken to the crew member who was behind the wheel. It also hasn't been made clear who is at fault, nor is it clear what consequences the guilty party will face. Since the incident occurred so early in the morning, no cast members were actually on set, since it took place prior to their 7 a.m. call time. Though production shutting down will aid in the investigation, those in charge of the series say that it is out of respect for Jimenez and his family.
Power season 6 does not yet have a premiere date set, but the series is slated to return in 2019. There is no word on how long production will be closed down for, but the cast and crew were scheduled to take a break for holidays in the near future prior to the incident. As such, it's quite possible that filming won't resume until 2019. It's unclear if that will have any effect on the network's original release plans. This news was previously reported by Deadline.