An early morning accident on the set of the sixth season of Power today has left a 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 on Monday 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 debut in 2014.
NYPD officials say that they are investigating the incident and have spoken to the driver of the 2006 Ford Explorer that hit Jimenez. The driver was a fellow member of the Power crew, I’ve learned.
In the midst of the filming for the upcoming season of the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson EP’d and Courtney Kemp created drama, Power has temporally shut down production. The move is out of respect for the family of Jimenez, who were informed of his death almost immediately after he was pronounced dead by medical authorities at Brooklyn Hospital this morning.
The halting of filming is also to give fellow crew members and cast on the Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora led series to deal with the loss, sources say.
No cast members were on set when the fatality occurred today as call time was not until 7 AM ET
There’s no word on when production on Power will resume. However, a planned holiday break on the show is coming up so the shutdown could go into early 2019.