A 22-year-old stand-in for the Netflix series Outer Banks was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident early yesterday morning near Charleston, South Carolina.
Alexander “AJ” Jennings, who recently moved from New York to Charleston to work as a double/stand-in for actor Chase Stokes, was struck by two vehicles as he walked along Sol Legare Road, a main thoroughfare on James Island, between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on July 5.
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The incident did not occur during filming or on location.
According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Jennings was struck first by one vehicle, which fled the scene, and then a second vehicle, which also fled.
The driver of the second vehicle was later pulled over in a traffic stop.
Jennings’ death was confirmed by Kimmie Stewart Casting, which is working on the show.
“It is with great sadness that I share on Tuesday Alexander “AJ” Jennings’ mother informed me of his tragic death,” Stewart wrote on Facebook. “Outer Banks crew & cast suffered a terrible loss when AJ was stuck by two cars, that fled the scene early this morning.”
Stewart continued, “AJ was a beautiful, kind soul & a bright light every day on set. He moved to Charleston from New York to work as our John B photo double/stand in this season. I cannot fathom the shock and tragedy of AJ’s sudden loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
Stokes, in an Instagram Story post, wrote, “Still trying to process why certain things happen, and why the world works in the ways that it does. My heart is shattered. Your life was just starting. We JUST talked about how pumped you were about your tunes, how far you’d come with that ole 6 string and