A stand-in for Chase Stokes on the hit show ‘Outer Banks’ was killed in a horrific car accident this week — as the new season continues to film in South Carolina.
22 year old Alexander ‘AJ’ Jennings was hit by two vehicles early Tuesday morning in Charleston, both of which fled the scene. He died as a result of injuries sustained in the double hit and run — the coroner’s office listed his time of death as 3:13 a.m.
According to preliminary reports, Jennings was walking along a main road between James Island and Folly Beach when he was hit around 2 a.m. The first vehicle left him for dead, and not too long after… Jennings was apparently hit by a second vehicle which also broke down – though that driver was reportedly later apprehended at a traffic stop.
Life-saving measures were to no avail… Jennings succumbed to his injuries. His employer, Kimmie Stewart Casting, confirmed that Jennings had been working on “OB” as a photo double/stand-in for John B, the main character of the Netflix series, played by Chase.
KSC writes: “I cannot fathom the shock and tragedy of the sudden loss of AJ and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. I understand that this message may be difficult for those of you who have AJ to digest. and quickly became friends.”
The agency adds that Netflix has grief counseling available for those who need it — as AJ appears to have had many friends in the production. One of those friends, it seems, was Chase himself…who also honored AJ by taking to social media.
He writes, “I’m still trying to process why certain things happen and why the world works the way it does. My heart is shattered. Your life had just begun. We just talked about how excited you were about your tunes, how far you would get with that old 6 string and you want to keep making art. Always warming other people’s hearts and being so damn selfless.” CS went on to say that AJ had touched their entire lives, adding, “Fly high angel.”
‘Outer Banks’ reportedly started filming season 3 earlier this year and they’re shooting on location in Charleston. No charges have been filed yet and the case is pending.