A stuntman who says he was run over by a car on the set of “Hawaii Five-0” has filed a lawsuit against CBS and others, claiming that the injury was the result of “unsafe decision-making.”
In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Justin Sundquist says he was working as the stunt double for “Hawaii Five-0” character Steve McGarrett in July 2016 when he was “struck and seriously injured” by a speeding car.
Sundquist alleges that “serious violations of minimum industry standard safety protocols occurred” on the set that day.
According to the suit, the “Hawaii Five-0” set has historically been “a rushed, hectic set where the production schedule is so demanding and the push to control the labor budget is so harsh that corners are cut and safety is compromised.”
On the morning of the alleged incident, the suit says, the production was even more rushed, because there was only one elevator to transport dozens of cast and crew to the eighth floor of the parking structure.
“The end result was a frantic, chaotic and hectic atmosphere which contributed to the unsafe decision-making that contributed to the incident,” the lawsuit reads.
Sundquist alleges that the car wasn’t being driven by a trained stunt professional — but rather by an actor — and he further claims that, on that day, a key personnel who had safety responsibilities “was under the influence of narcotic controlled substances” and took “dozens of prescription pain medications” that weren’t prescribed lawfully.
The suit describes Sundquist as “an award-winning stunt performer” whose credits include “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “The Fate of the Furious.”
Alleging negligence and negligent hiring,supervision and/or retention, among other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.
CBS did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.