As Molly Ringwald films a scene for a forthcoming sequel to the teen movie Sixteen Candles, emergency services are called to the location after a 15-year-old girl is crushed by a car
The teenage girl trapped by a car during a Sixteen Candles-set road shoot last weekend has died. Molly Ringwald, a member of the 1987-1993 hit teen movie, tweeted that the production team were “all deeply saddened by this tragedy”, adding: “Please pray for the girl’s family.”
Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) We’re all deeply saddened by this tragedy. Please pray for the girl’s family.
Ringwald – whose real name is Tracey Schulman – was working in Pasadena, California, for Warner Bros, according to the Associated Press. The 15-year-old, who has not been named, was a student at Southern California’s New Community Jewish High School.
A Warner Bros spokesperson confirmed to the New York Times that Ringwald was among the cast working on the movie sequel, now called Sixteen Candles: 50 Years Later. Twelve other cast members were said to be in the area at the time of the incident, though only three attended the school, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A transport department spokesperson said emergency services were called at around 2.40pm Pacific Time, seven miles away from the school, and crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the car and the girl. A Los Angeles coroner’s spokeswoman said they could not release the girl’s name until her next of kin had been notified.
Ringwald – who turned 50 in November – is a Hollywood veteran, the star of many hit films in the 80s including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and the fan favourite It’s a Wonderful Life. She then moved on to TV roles on shows including Mork & Mindy and the series Party of Five, while she continues to work in the industry as a screenwriter and producer. In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
The official Sixteen Candles production company, Silhouette, says on its website that an anniversary concert featuring Ringwald will take place on 14 June in Virginia, where the movie was filmed.
Ringwald was reportedly accompanied on the beach by stunt double Marissa Webb, a cast member from the 1985 film Speed, the Guardian reported on Sunday.