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Cameraman killed in car crash

Brent Lon Hershman, the second camera assistant on New Line’s upcoming “Pleasantville,” was killed in a car crash on his way home from the set early Thursday.

Hershman, 35, was driving to his West Hills home from the Long Beach set of the movie after finishing shortly after 1 a.m. when his car skidded off the Century (105) Freeway. California Highway Patrol officers were investigating whether he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The film’s director, Gary Ross, met with the crew Saturday.

A New Line spokesman said the company is “deeply saddened by the loss. We extend our prayers and condolences to the Hershman family.”

Production on the movie started at about 6 a.m. that day. According to sources close to the production, offers were made to house some crew members in hotels overnight.

A spokesman for the industry’s Labor-Management Safety Committee said the accident will be discussed at its next meeting, along with the overall issue of overtime and its effect on crews.

Hershman’s credits include “That Thing You Do!,” “Devil in a Blue Dress” and the upcoming “A Thousand Acres.”

Services were held Monday at Hillside Memorial Park in Fox Hills.

Hershman is survived by his wife, Deborah, and daughters Ariel and Hannah. A fund is being set up for the family.

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