After a near-fatal mishap on the Transformers 3 set last month, producers are finally getting some much-needed relief of the subject as investigators state that it was simply a tragic accident that left an extra with severe brain damage.
Gabriella Cedillo, 24, was behind the wheel of a car when it’s tow cable snapped off, smashed through the windshield and sliced through her skull. The bankteller, who was not part of the stunt team, was airlifted to a trauma center, underwent emergency surgery and is now paralyzed on the left side of her body.
Production was temporarily suspended as investigators collected evidence on the scene in the city of Hammond.
In a recent statement, The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration blamed a technical malfunction and found that producers followed all proper procedures.
“IOSHA investigators believe the accident occurred due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a tow cable,” the agency. “The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place, thus no citations or fines will be issued. This was an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident.”
While the sequel’s distributor, Paramount, has said it will cover all her medical bills and has profusely apologized, her family sued the studio and partner DreamWorks last week for negligence, seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.
Should the young woman receive the money she is asking for? Or has Paramount done all it should have, considering a stunt scene does come with warnings and a hefty load of signatures to sign regarding safety before performing?