‘L.A.’s Finest’ Showrunner Back Home and Receiving Big Donations After Amputation from Set Accident
Sonnier and Margolis were injured during a car stunt scene and rushed to the hospital. Margolis was quickly published, but Sonnier’s injury was so severe he had to have one of his legs amputated just below the knee. Deadline reported Wednesday that he remained hospitalized and surrounded by family.
Sonnier, Margolis and other manufacturers were in the village place on the San Pedro set of the upcoming show, watching a car stunt scene. A stunt car crashed into a freight crate, with all the container and/or the car smashing into the video village, which was put up behind the crate, sources told the news outlet. Crew members on set instantly feared for Sonnier’s leg that may have been pinned.
Questions about the unfortunate incident, like why the movie village was set up close to the stunt arena, prompted an investigation by Cal/OSHA. Its findings will probably help explain mounting questions.
“Cal/OSHA was notified by Mesquite Productions and LA Port Police on Thursday of a workplace accident that happened on set during the filing of L.A.’s Finest in San Pedro. Now Cal/OSHA opened an inspection of Mesquite Productions,” agency spokesman Luke Brown informed Deadline.
The crash happened around 1:35 p.m. last Thursday near Warehouse One at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.
Production on the series has been halted both Thursday and Friday after the incident; it’s unclear if production resumed this past week.
L.A.’s Finest is a spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. The upcoming series, set to premiere on Spectrum, was Sonnier’s big break after signing a two-year general deal with Sony Pictures Television in August with Margolis. The two made their way up in Sony since starting as staff writers on The Blacklist; L.A.’s Finest is their very first series as founders.
In L.A.’s Finest, Union reprises her Bad Boys II role of Syd Burnett, a police detective with a complex past that relocates to Los Angles from Miami, finding an odd partner in Alba. Alba plays with Nancy McKenna, a working mother envious of Syd’s off-the-job independence.
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