In tragic news, Lisa Banes has been identified as the victim of a hit-and-run crime that occurred Friday afternoon in Manhattan. The actress has appeared in many film and TV projects, including: Gone Girl, Nashville, The King of Queens, Desperate Housewives and heritage. Deadline reported that she was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Morningside on Saturday with a serious brain injury.
The NYPD said police received a call from 112 around 6:30 p.m. Friday. The incident occurred at the crosswalk at West 64th and Amsterdam Avenue, and the caller said a pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a vehicle. The subsequent report from the Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad concluded that Banes was crossing the zebra crossing with priority when a scooter ran a red light, hitting her and knocking her to the ground, where she suffered head trauma.
The scooter driver fled after the collision. Police encourage anyone with information to come forward and contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. At the time of writing, the identity of the perpetrator is not yet known.
NYPD told Variety: “On arrival, officers saw a 65-year-old female pedestrian lying in the roadway with serious head injuries. EMS responded to the scene and transported the supported woman to Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.” Although they did not go into further details, it was a representative of the actress who confirmed that she was the victim.
Banes lives in LA with her wife Kathryn Kranhold. She was visiting New York for the first time since the Covid19 pandemic. The visit was linked to a role in the virtual two-woman show, The niceties, which is currently streamed by the Manhattan Theater Club. She was on her way to her wife for dinner when the accident happened.
The 65-year-old made her film debut in 1984 in the movie The Hotel New Hampshire and her early TV work saw her appear in The Equalizer, LA Law, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and much more. Although she had roles in nearly fifty TV series and appeared in numerous TV movies, she also appeared with Tom Cruise in Cocktail in 1988 in the role of Bonnie and the same year in the western young guns with Emilio Estevez as Mallory. More recently, her movies have been shot Pumpkin, in which she starred with Christina Ricci, legal blondes, the direct to DVD spin-off of legal blonde, gone girl, playing Rosamund Pike’s Amy Elliott’s mother, and her latest film appearance, Gore Verbinski’s Psychological Horror, A cure for wellness, which also featured Jason Isaacs and Dane DeHaan. Her most recent role was in four episodes of the TV series Nashville in 2018.
The investigation into the incident continues in what is currently still a hit-and-run accident, but could become more serious as Banes’ condition worsens. This news comes from USA Today.