HdG Filmmaker Killed In Delaware Crash: Report

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CHRISTIANA, DE – A Havre de Grace man was reportedly one of two filmmakers killed recently in a fiery crash in Delaware.

Martin Whittier, 37, was driving a silver 2020 BMW M2 that became disabled in the center lane of Interstate 95 south near Churchmans Lane in the Newark area, according to Delaware State Police.

A white Freightliner box truck hit the back of the BMW and pushed it until both came to rest on the right shoulder, where the front of the box truck burst into flames and pinned the two people inside the BMW, police said. 

The fire did not spread into the passenger compartment of the car, officials reported; however, both the M2 driver and his passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene, according to police. The fatal crash happened at 10:22 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, officials said. The driver of the box truck was able to get out before the fire and was unharmed, authorities said, noting the area of the highway was dark with no lights.

Whittier and his passenger Nate Brubaker, 27, of Halethorpe, were filmmakers on the way home from a production job in Philadelphia when they were killed, according to The Baltimore Sun.

In addition to owning a camera rental company called Charmcine, which he recently sold, Whittier had owned similar companies in Alexandria, Va., and Philadelphia, the Sun reported.

Whittier also wrote and directed several films, his IMDB profile shows.

The Havre de Grace man had sold his companies to spend more time with his family, according to WTOP. He had worked as a director of photography and camera operator, including on productions like the second season of “House of Cards,” a colleague told WTOP, remembering him as a “wonderful guy” with a “great eye for photography” who created “incredible footage.”

Whittier is survived by a wife and two boys, according to his GoFundMe page.

Brubaker owned a production company and was credited with making the first LED wall for productions in the Baltimore-Washington area, according to WTOP. He is survived by a fiancée and two dogs, according to the GoFundMe page for Brubaker.

Funeral services have not yet been announced.

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