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The actress Lisa Banes is reportedly in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury following a terrifying hit-and-run crash in New York. The 65-year-old Gone Girl star was reportedly “flung from a crosswalk” after being struck by a motorized scooter while crossing the street in Manhattan.
Barnes was walking to meet her wife for a dinner party at Lincoln Center 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. According to Banes’ wife Kathryn Kranhold’s account to Deadline, the actress is in critical condition at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital’s intensive care unit.
According to CNN, her manager David Williams said in an email: “We are all just hoping she pulls through.”
The scooter driver reportedly ran a red light before striking Banes, and then fled the scene. Police are currently looking for him. According to police, Banes was in the crosswalk and had the right of way. Banes’ family is pleading to provide any information in locating the perpetrator.
Banes, who lives in Los Angeles, was reportedly in Manhattan to perform in The Niceties, a two-woman show being streamed by the Manhattan Theater Club.
“She has a truly wonderful team of healthcare professionals attending to her at Mt. Sinai Morningside,” Williams told Oxygen.com. “She is one of the most vibrant and positive people I know. That, coupled with the incredible support of her wife, who is at her side, her family and friends gives us hope for a full recovery, however long it might take.”
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).
About 2% of the American population — or approximately 5.3 million people — require lifelong assistance with daily tasks because of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries change everything about a victim’s life, with health problems described as being similar to the effects of a chronic disease. Most victims are usually forced to radically alter life plans, give up their independence and often become cut off from enjoying life’s pleasures.