A federal judge is rejecting efforts by the production company behind “Midnight Rider” to collect an insurance claim stemming from the Feb. 20, 2014 train accident on the set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others.
U.S. District Judge Otis Wright, in a decision issued on Thursday, ruled in favor of New York Marine and its contention that the insurance policy was voided because of an exclusion covering criminal acts. The director of the movie, Randall Miller
, served a year in jail in Jesup, Ga., after he plead guilty to charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter. His wife, producer Jody Savin
, was also charged, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Wright wrote that there was “no genuine dispute or ambiguity concerning the policy’s criminal act exclusion.”
He wrote that the court “determines that Film Allman’s employees entered onto the land in question.