A man died on Monday after his coworker drove into him on the Cobble Hill set of an in-production television series executive produced by rapper 50 Cent, cops said.
The 64-year-old motorist lost control of his 2006 Ford Explorer on Douglass Street around 4:30 am, smashing it into 63-year-old Pedro Jimenez while he moved safety cones to prepare for a shoot on the street, according to authorities, who said the incident occurred when the driver accelerated forward from the parked position.
The motorist then rammed into an unoccupied car parked at the corner of Court Street, police said, while paramedics rushed Jimenez, a Manhattan resident, to Brooklyn Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
The fatal crash took place on the set of the Starz drama “Power” — which the rapper born Curtis Jackson, who hails from Queens, also stars in — according to reports and a local at the scene when this reporter visited.
Cops’ preliminary investigation revealed the deadly collision was likely the result of a tragic mistake, and that the driver had no intention to run over his colleague, according to officers from the local 76th Precinct.
“The motorist and deceased were working together when the incident happened. This was not the case of a speeding driver on the street striking a pedestrian,” New York’s Finest wrote in a post shared from the station house’s Twitter account. “Preliminary investigation indicates a tragic operator error occurred.”
Jackson released a statement mourning Jimenez following the fatal crash, and another star of the show took to social media to mourn the sudden loss of his coworker that he called a friend to the entire cast and crew.
“On this, ‘just another work day,’ we all were and are faced with the harshest of realities that a wife has lost her husband, children their father, and friends their beautiful hardworking gracious Pedro,” Omari Latif Hardwick said in an Instagram post. “No team ever imagines losing a teammate, let alone like this.”
Authorities, who are still investigating the crash, have yet to arrest anyone, officials said.