Actor Lisa Banes was in critical condition Saturday after she was struck by a hit-and-run scooter driver Friday night on a New York street.
Banes, 65, was headed out to meet her wife for a dinner party at a friend’s home when she was struck by a red and black scooter or motor bike at West 64th and Amsterdam, friends and police told the New York Post.
Police told the Post Banes was in the crosswalk with the right of way.
She was in the intensive care unit on Saturday at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital with a traumatic brain injury, the Post said.
“We’ll know more in the next few days,” said her wife, former Wall Street Journal reporter Kathryn Kranhold, who was by her side at the hospital. Banes and Kranhold married four years ago.
Friends told the Post that Banes, who lives in Los Angeles, was excited to be back in New York for the first time since the pandemic.
“She loves, loves, loves New York,” said friend Cynthia Crossen. “She’s an LA girl but she spent so many happy years here.”
Crossen said Banes met up earlier Friday with the cast of “The Niceties,” a play she starred in at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2018. She phoned Kranhold at 6:20, saying she was headed for Crossen’s home near Lincoln Center, but never made it.
Police said they have no suspects so far and believe the rider blew a light at the intersection.
Banes, born in Ohio, is a popular and well-respected actor with numerous credits on stage and in film and television. Her first movie role was in 1984’s “The Hotel New Hampshire,” and she also appeared in “Cocktail” as a love interest to Tom Cruise and “Gone Girl,” in which she played the mother of the Rosamund Pike’s Amy Dunne.
On television, she appeared many well-known series, including “China Beach,” “Nashville,” “Star Trek: Deep Space 9,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Royal Pains.” She had numerous Broadway and off-Broadway appearances, winning a Theatre World Award for “Look Back in Anger” in 1981 and an Obie in 1982 for “My Sister in This House.”
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[Featured image: FILE – Lisa Banes in 2015. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)]