‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Nashville’ Actress Lisa Banes in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Vehicle in NYC

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Actress Lisa Banes is in critical condition after she was struck by a hit-and-run scooter driver during her first time back in New York City in months. Banes, 65, was crossing a street to meet her wife for a dinner party at a friend’s home near Lincoln Center when she was struck by a person on a scooter or motorbike at around 6:30 p.m. Friday night, friends and police told the New York Post. Banes has starred on the stage and screen, appearing in movies like Gone Girl and A Cure for Wellness and TV shows including Nashville and Royal Pains.

Banes was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident and had the right of way, police said. She is still in critical condition in an intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital. She suffered a traumatic brain injury. “We’ll know more in the next few days,” Banes’ wife, Kathryn Kranhold, told the Post. Kranhold said she was unfamiliar with New York City’s rules on scooters, “but it feels like it is a lawless roadway.”

Banes lives in Los Angeles, but she was in New York City to spend time with friends she had not seen in months because of the coronavirus pandemic. “She loves, loves, loves New York,” friend Cynthia Crossen told the Post. “She’s an LA girl, but she spent so many happy years here.”

The accident happened after Banes reunited with the cast of The Niceties, a 2018 play she starred in. After the event, Banes called Kranhold at around 6:20 p.m., and they made plans to meet at Crossen’s home. Banes did not arrive, and Kranhold began calling Banes’ phone. Someone at the hospital picked up to share the sad news.

As of Saturday evening, police still do not have a suspect. They are not even sure what kind of vehicle the suspect was riding in the accident. “No one knows for sure. Some witnesses said it was a scooter. Some said it was a motorcycle with no plate,” an NYPD spokesman told the Post.


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