A beloved actress who appeared in the films Cocktail and Gone Girl has been struck and critically injured by a scooter in New York City.
Lisa Banes, 65, was hit while crossing the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street on the Upper West Side at about 6.30pm on Friday, according to the Daily News.
Witnesses said the scooter operator blew through a red light and then fled the scene after mowing her down.
Banes is a prolific actress of stage and screen, and had recurring roles on The King of Queens, Six Feet Under and Nashville, as well as memorable guest roles on The Orville and Desperate Housewives.
Lisa Banes, 65, was hit while crossing the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street on the Upper West Side at about 6.30pm on Friday
Lisa Banes is seen with Tom Cruise in the 1988 film Cocktail. She is a prolific actress
The force of the scooter’s impact sent Banes flying out of this crosswalk. She was rushed by ambulance to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital
The force of the scooter’s impact sent Banes flying out of the crosswalk, witnesses said.
She was rushed by ambulance to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Banes’ wife Kathryn Kranhold issued an appeal to the public to come forward with any information about the scooter operator, who fled the crash scene.
“We have several days ahead of us to pray for Lisa,” the worried wife told the Daily News.
“If anyone has any information about the scooter driver, we ask them to please call police.”
Banes is seen in character as Lady Tremaine in the Disney series Once Upon A Time
Banes lives in Los Angeles but was in town to perform a two-woman show being streamed by the Manhattan Theater Club
Kranhold said that Banes was on her way to meet friends for dinner and was stopping by the the Lincoln Center along the way.
Banes lives in Los Angeles but was in town to perform a two-woman show being streamed by the Manhattan Theater Club. The theater has issued no comment on the crash.
It comes as traffic fatalities in New York hit a seven-year high.
As the pandemic emptied the roads of traffic, many drivers began speeding dangerously.
At least 243 people died in traffic crashes in New York City in 2020 — making it the deadliest year on record since Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his signature ‘Vision Zero’ plan to improve street safety in 2014.
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