Authorities are investigating the death of a veteran transport captain who died last Friday while filming the Netflix movie The Electric State. diversity have learned.
Peter DeToffoli died almost instantly when the Chevrolet SUV he was driving crashed into a semi truck at “high speed” on northbound I-75 (pictured above in 2014), according to the initial investigation report. The accident happened just after 3 a.m. local time.
DeToffoli’s steering wheel and windshield were crushed in the impact, and emergency services found him “pinned and unresponsive” in the driver’s seat. Firefighters cut the vehicle’s doors with life-saving claws and got him out, but unfortunately were unable to revive him. The 58-year-old was pronounced dead just before 6 a.m
A source tells diversity These skid marks on the road indicated that DeToffoli had attempted to brake just prior to impact.
The Electric State is a science fiction film based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Simon Stalenhag, starring Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Pratt. Anthony and Joe Russo are directing and producing.
Netflix declined to comment, but a source close to the project said production was paused on Friday as a mark of respect. Cast and crew were also given access to consulting resources. “Our hearts go out to his family,” the source said.
According to his IMDB page, DeToffoli was a veteran driver from Los Angeles who had worked on projects such as The Black Dahlia, Ray, and I Am Sam, and as a transport captain on The Finder. His LinkedIn page also indicated that he had worked as a driver at Twentieth Century Fox. He was a member of the Teamsters drivers’ union.
The incident report noted that truck code books and driver’s logs were found in the vehicle DeToffoli was driving, along with a production badge for the television show “Bones.”
Although the production source said the crash happened after DeToffoli had finished work for the day and was on his way back to his quarters, diversity believes the Clayton Country Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating whether DeToffoli was officially off duty at the time of the accident. And they’re also looking into whether the number of hours he worked could have contributed to the accident, since he was a commercial driver.
The crash occurred during a second consecutive night shoot for the project. Clayton County Parks & Rec notified residents of road closures near the crash site between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on November 3 and 4 due to filming of “The Electric State” causing bleeding into the next morning.
A source in Atlanta familiar with the shooting schedule shared the news diversity this team had also worked through the night on Wednesday. “‘The Electric State’ is the least efficient production I’ve seen,” the source said diversityand adds that several filming locations went ahead of schedule.
A spokesman for the Clayton Country Medical Examiner’s office said diversity: “This case is still under investigation. There is currently no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved and it is currently believed to be an unfortunate accident.”
The statement continued, “We were unable to determine whether the deceased was working at the time of the accident or whether he was sleep deprived.”
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/the-electric-state-crash-investigation-1235426033/ Crew member killed on The Electric State was experienced driver