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A week after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in New York City, Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes has reportedly died. The 65-year-old star was reportedly flung from a crosswalk after being struck by an e-scooter while crossing the street in Manhattan and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
In a statement, her manager David Williams reportedly said: “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives.”
At the time of the incident, Barnes was reportedly on the way to visit the Julliard School, her alma mater, when she was struck in the crossing by a red and black scooter. She was thrown off the crossing near West 64th St. and Amsterdam Ave. After the incident, paramedics arrived soon and found Lisa on the ground with serious head damage. She had been in critical condition at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital’s intensive care unit before her passing.
The scooter driver reportedly ran a red light before striking Banes, and then fled the scene. As of yet, no arrests have been made in relation to the crash.
Her death was mourned on social media by her many collaborators over the years. In a tweet, Seth MacFarlane wrote, “I am deeply saddened at the news of Lisa Banes’ passing. We had the good fortune to work with her on The Orville this past year. Her stage presence, magnetism, skill and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness toward all of us. A tremendous loss…”
Traumatic brain injuries have become a recent health crisis, contributing to the deaths of more than one million people in the U.S. over the last two decades. The most recent TBI data available show that there were nearly 61,000 TBI-related deaths in 2019, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A traumatic brain injury usually occurs as a result of a violent blow or jolt to the head. Falls are one of the leading causes of TBI-related hospitalizations, especially among older adults (age 75 years and older).
When it comes to hospitalizations for TBI, there are about 288,000 every year — more than 20 times the number of hospitalizations for spinal cord injury. Since 2006, there has reportedly been a 53% increase in the total number of TBI related ED visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Women represent 21.2% of all reported TBI accidents, while men make up 78.8%. The mortality rate for TBI is 30 per 100,000, and deaths from head injuries account for 34% of all traumatic deaths.