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Gabriela Cedillo settles for 18 Million dollars after Transformers 3 stunt – almost two years after the accident

Transformers 3 Hammond Indiana Gabriela Cedillo

No Decepticon dogs anywhere to be found.

Today I learned from E! that the mishap that occurred back on the set of Transformers 3 in Hammond, IN was finally paid for the damaged caused to her.  Her, or her family, settled for a report $18 million USD, which is probably still never going to be enough to grant the Cedillo family a full recovery.

According to the article, “(Gabriela) is going to have issues for the rest of her life.” Sad indeed.

If you follow this blog, you may recall that I, Collecticon, was there on that disastrous day.  I’ve been holding onto this footage for almost two years and have followed Gabriela’s case as closely as I could.  There has not been much information since the movie was released until now.  The video below is my footage of the final stunt that was filmed on September 1st.  I was near the end of the caravan, and so most of the action occurs prior to me moving.  The accident occurred near the front of the line, and is not visible in the video.

I have never released this video until now. I wanted the dust to settle and there really isn’t much to see. I thought today would be a fitting release for the video. As indicated by the walkie, it took a few minutes before anyone realized there was a problem with Gabriela’s car. She erratically was driving after the stunt, and slammed into the guardrail and continued speeding past the stop point. This caused a lot of confusion over the walkies until someone said, “We need a helicopter now.” Then we all knew something was wrong.

I hope the Cedillo Family has found some solace this day with the tragic accident that happened nearly two years ago and they have my prayers.

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FOX News covers Bumblebee crash

Check out some high quality footage of the Transformers 3 Bumblebee crash in Washington D.C. I must say, it’s a good thing they have a spare!

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Transformers 3 cursed? – Feeble Humans Destroy Bumblebee In Washington D.C.

Transformers 3 Bumblebee head-on crash Tformers

Oh no! You damaged his voice processor... oh yeah

Add to the list of horror stories to the production of the various Transformer films a crash today involving the Autobot’s beloved Bumblebee stunt vehicle.  According to Tformers,

A Metro PD SUV was responding to a call and took the quickest way to get from point a to point b and it just so happened to be through the Transformers 3 set, WJLA reports.

What a bummer!  The crew just can’t catch a break this year!  I hope you all get big bonuses this year, you deserve it.

And don’t worry about the car, they have at least two of them on hand just in case things like this happen!

See a video of the accident on TMZ.

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On the set of Transformers 3 with Sentinel (Prime?)

In this video we see the big and tough “Sentinel” as he was referred to on set cruising down the highway. This was a big beast. The wheels themselves were larger than me. No one is quite sure of the identity of this character, but it’s probably somewhere between Animated Ultra Magnus and Animated Sentinel Prime. Let’s hope for more Magnus in that list of ingredients!

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Additional details of Gabriella Cedillo’s Transformers 3 lawsuit

Chicago Breaking News has posted an additional story regarding the lawsuit filed by the family of Gabriella Cedillo.

It includes additional details about the accident and also includes this tragic but hopeful account of the status of Miss Cedillo:

After nearly a month in intensive care at Loyola Medical Center, Cedillo was recently moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Despite her cognitive impairment, she is able to mouth words and write with her right hand, Romo said. She is able to indicate if she is in pain, he said, and she has written her family “I love you” and “Everything’s going to be OK.”

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Transformers 3 extra permanently brain damaged – lawsuit filed by Gabriella Cedillo’s family

Transformers 3 filming stunt

The set of Transformers 3

I am sorry to report what many have feared for some time now: Miss Gabriella Cedillo has been permanently brain damaged by the accident that occurred on the set of Transformers 3, according to her family.

At least we finally get some accurate information about what actually happened on the set.  The Cedillo Family has filed a lawsuit against the production for the accident that affect Miss Cedillo, an extra on the film.

…stunt vehicles were being towed by flatbed trucks in the opposite lanes at about 50 mph.The stunt called for two of the towed vehicles to rise in the air and then flip, by use of a pulling cable with the idea being to cause violent rolls of the cars involved.

On the day of the accident, the eastbound stunt vehicle that was closest to the center of the road and to the extras driving their vehicles, including Cedillo, suffered a mishap when a cable and a bracket attached to the bottom of the stunt car snapped.

I’ll admit, I think just about everyone following this story expected this lawsuit to come sooner or later.  Hopefully this doesn’t affect the film, but in the grand scheme, this is a person’s life we are talking about.  It could’ve been me in Loyola hospital since September!  You can trust that Collecticon will be following this story very closely.

Check Chicago Breaking News for the full details.

Thanks to MarshallDusty for the tip.

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Footage from Transformers 3 set in Hammond, IN – Decepticon SUV’s are named Dreads

At long last, footage from the Transformers 3 set in Hammond, Indiana. In this video you can see the white Maybach with Simmons inside, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Rodimus, and the Decepticon Dreads.

Yes, that is the name of the SUV’s by word of the film crew. They are known as The Dreads. They appear to be a group of Decepticon clones. Enjoy!

Edit: Yes, I said Rodimus. We all know that it’s going to be Hot Rod / Rodimus, sometimes you don’t need confirmation to make a statement.

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Video of final Transformers 3 highway stunt – accident

Apparently I wasn’t the only one ‘taking notes’ while enjoying my time as an extra on the set of Transformers 3.  Another extra has come out with their story of the accident that occurred during the final highway stunt of Transformers 3 in Hammond, Indiana on Wednesday September 1st, 2010.

A video has been posted exclusively by Radar Online which consists of amatuer video shot from the car of an extra on the set of Transformers 3.

I am wondering how much this anonymous extra sold their video for… and I wonder if I ought to try selling my own! ^_^

Apparently the anonymous extra decided to play white knight and chastise the film crew:

“We weren’t trained stunt people. They paid regular extras to use their own personal cars an extra $25 per day for that freeway scene,” the extra continued. “We were never informed of the risk we were putting ourselves in and when you take into consideration the amount you are being paid to be there, it’s not worth it.”

That’s interesting.  You sure thought it was worth your time and money the two previous days.  It’s not like the crew was planning on someone getting hurt.  Once again, this was a complete accident.  The production was well aware of the risks and there were medical and police units on hand during the entire shoot.  If you have such a high opinion, why not make a comment with your real name attached?  You must really want the $300 you were paid to sit in your air conditioning for 3 days.  Tough work, indeed.

The ultimate fate of Miss Cedillo is still uncertain.

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Transformers 3 Production crew makes a statement regarding accident

Over three days have passed since the tragic accident involving an extra during the filming of Transformers 3 in Hammond, Indiana.  News continues to trickle in bit by bit as we wait for the ultimate fate of 24 year old Grabriella Cedillo.  At long last, someone involved with the film has made an official statement.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an affiliate from the Transformers production staff has made this statement regarding the accident:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. We are looking into what caused the accident.

I also found an article that so far has been the most factually accurate regarding the stunt and what occurred.  I still wish that the news sources would refrain from quoting the “sliced through her skull” report that has come from an extra that is completely speculating on that.  In particular, the information regarding the $25 extra wage on top of 8 hours of minimum wage to be an extra.

There now a Facebook page dedicated to the recovery of Miss Cedillo that can be seen here.  I’m sure this will be a great way for other extras involved with the shoot to reconnect with each other.

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Transformers 3 leaves Chicago

Today marks the end of filming for the cast and crew of Transformers 3 in Chicago, Illinois.  After more than 9 weeks of filming (increased from the initial 6), the cast will move on to film in Detroit, Washington D.C., and beyond.

This message was left on the Transformers 3 extras hotline starting Thursday afternoon:

Hi everyone with heavy hearts we are leaving the Chicago area.  As of right now there is no further filming scheduled for the Chicago area.  We would like to thank each and everyone of you for your time, energy, patience, and hard work on the set.

We will all think fondly of you and we hope to all cross paths again.  Thank you everyone.

To everyone that crossed paths with the crew or the set during their regular daily activities in the city, it was a nice dose of irregularity and excitement.  The city is much better off for the experience and from the tone of the crew, our visitors are saying the same.

It is sad that the production ended on such a sad note with the injury of miss Grabriella Cedillo during the second-to-last day of filming, but at this point we must move on.  Collecticon will continue coverage of the injured extra’s condition during the coming days.  Fox News is reporting that she is currently in a medical induced coma after brain surgery.  These accounts seem wildly speculative to me, however.

With the production wrapped up in Chicago, let’s take a look back at where it all started for us would-be extras – the incredibly long line for the Transformers 3 casting call.

God speed everyone.