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Friends of Deceased Chosen One Actors Demand Investigation Into Alleged Logistics and Safety Issues

Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar died in a car crash while filming the Netflix series.
  • Juan Francisco González Aguilar and Raymundo Garduño Cruz (Photo: Instagram)
    Juan Francisco González Aguilar and Raymundo Garduño Cruz (Photo: Instagram)

    After Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar, two actors on Netflix's The Chosen One, died in a car accident in Mexico on Thursday, friends of the deceased are asking for an investigation into alleged production issues that may have caused the accident.

    Cruz and Aguilar were riding in a van in Santa Rosalía-Loreto en route to a local airport when the van crashed and flipped, killing the two actors and leaving four others injured.

    Rick Zazueta, a writer and friend of Aguilar, made several Facebook posts alleging that the cast has been complaining about production and transportation issues and has demanded that the accident be thoroughly investigated.

    "This is a plea for justice for these deaths," wrote Zazueta. "This was no ordinary accident, the cast has been complaining openly about the logistical and transport issues faced in this production, calling it illogical, unreasonable, ignorant, and stupid. The conditions of the van were completely unfit for the purpose of transporting people; worn out tires, noisy brakes, loose steering wheel, not all seatbelts worked, easily identifiable signs of danger."

    Production on The Chosen One has been suspended, and Deadline reports an investigation into the accident is ongoing.

    Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, another friend of Aguilar, also spoke to The Daily Beast about alleged neglect on set.

    "It fills me with rage that there are reports of abuse and exploitation being shared by people involved with the production," Gallegos said. "I would like to demand that this is further investigated. If nothing wrong was going on, then there shouldn't be an issue with providing the information."

    She added, "It pains me to think he was taken advantage of, that he was being forced to work in subpar conditions, especially for a multimillionaire company like Netflix."

    Netflix and production company Redrum also released statements to Deadline about the incident on Monday afternoon.

    "We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took the lives of Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and with those injured during this unfortunate accident,” Netflix's statement reads.

    "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González and are closely supporting all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy," added Redrum. "Redrum has been cooperating with local authorities and initial reports and accounts from witnesses indicate that all safety protocols were in place and this was an unfortunate accident."

    This story has been updated to include statements from Netflix and production company Redrum.

    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Netflix, The Chosen One, Juan Francisco González Aguilar, Raymundo Garduño Cruz