Pedro Jimenez was a 63-year-old crew member on the hit Starz show “Power.” He died after being struck by a car in Brooklyn early in the morning of December 10, 2018. New York City police said Jimenez had been setting up traffic cones ahead of a scheduled shoot for the day.
Here’s what you need to know.
Jimenez Was Struck By a Vehicle While Preparing for a Shoot Early in the Morning in Brooklyn
The crash happened around 4:20 a.m. on Douglass Street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood. A 64-year-old driver collided with Jimenez, knocking him to the ground. Jimenez was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Chief Medical Examiner in New York ruled the death an accident.
The New York Post, citing police, reported that the driver also worked on the TV show. The newspaper spoke with a witness, Hanna Heldenmuth, who lives across the street from where the crash occurred. She said the driver got out of his SUV and was frantically yelling for help. “He was a mess. I was in pain for him. I was literally in tears just listening to this guy screaming.”
Jimenez Had Been Part of the Show’s Crew From the Beginning & Will be Buried in the Dominican Republic
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to benefit his family and help with funeral costs. It raised more than $44,000 in two days. Jimenez’s son issued thanks for the generosity: “This enlightened my day today, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The page states that Jimenez will be buried in the Dominican Republican. A wake was scheduled for Thursday, December 13th, 2018 from 3 – 9 p.m. at the R G Ortiz Funeral Home, located at 4425 Broadway, New York, NY 10040.
‘Power’ Actors Shared Tributes to Jimenez on Social Media Following His Passing
The show’s production was temporarily shut down. Starz issued a brief statement following the news that Jimenez had died. The statement was not published on the Starz social media accounts, but it was printed by the New York Daily News: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family. Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”
Members of the cast shared their own tributes to Pedro Jimenez. Executive producer 50 Cent wrote on Twitter, “I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family.” He included a black box as an image.
Actors Naturi Naughton, Omari Hardwick, and Joseph Sikora also posted tributes to Instagram. Sikora shared that Jimenez always had a smile on his face and had brought “so much love” to the set. Naturi Naughton wrote that Jimenez’s death had left her speechless and offered prayers to his family. And Omari Hardwick, the lead character of the drama series, described Jimenez as beautiful, hardworking and gracious in his tribute.