Jun 15, 2021
Lisa Banes, an actress best known for her roles in “Gone Girl” and “Cocktail,” died after being the victim of a hit-and-run scooter crash in New York City. Banes, 65, was crossing the street on June 4 in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan when she was struck by a scooter traveling at high speed.
The New York Post reported that Barnes was visiting New York for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. A Los Angeles resident, Barnes was planning to meet her wife, Kathryn Kranhold, for dinner after a visit to her alma mater, the Julliard School, at Lincoln Center. Barnes was at the Amsterdam Avenue and 64th street crosswalk when she was run down by a black and red scooter, according to police.
Police responded to a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. reporting a vehicle collision with a pedestrian. When first responders arrived, a female pedestrian was lying on the roadway with severe head trauma. EMS professionals took Barnes to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital where she was listed in critical condition, according to an NYPD spokesperson.
Barnes reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury and was unable to recover.
According to the NYPD, the scooter fled northbound on Amsterdam Avenue after striking Barnes. No arrests have been made at this time.
A representative for Lisa Barnes provided a statement to Entertainment Tonight:
“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.”
Barnes appeared in several television and film productions throughout her career, including “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex,” and “NCIS.”
She also regularly appeared on Broadway, including the Neil Simon play “Rumors” in 1998 and the Noel Coward play “Present Laughter” in 2010.
“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane tweeted a tribute to Barnes Monday evening after receiving word of her death:
“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 ..,” he wrote.
Anyone with information about Barnes’s death is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip online or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are confidential.
An affable and well-liked security guard at a Long Beach housing complex was killed Saturday when a hit-and-run driver crashed into his guard shack. Local NBC 4 reported that the coroner’s office identified the victim as Derrick Smith of Los Angeles, a 54-year-old security guard.
The report indicated Smith’s guard shack was struck by an SUV. The incident occurred at the Century Villages at Cabrillo affordable housing development on the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue.
Authorities indicated a suspect was arrested Monday. Long Beach Police confirmed Quintin Darnell Black, a 31-year-old Moreno Valley resident, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run resulting in death or injury.
Officials said Black crashed his 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe into the guard shack, striking and killing Smith. KTLA reported that detectives believe Black was speeding and lost control of the SUV. Black reportedly fled the scene on foot and police determined his SUV was later stolen.
Smith died at the scene from his injuries. A memorial outside the community’s gates was erected over the weekend.
The suspect in the hit-and-run remains in custody as of Monday night on $100,000 bail.
Four young girls, to of whom were in wheelchairs, walked along a rural San Bernardino County road on the evening of June 5th when a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado approached. The truck suddenly struck the four girls, killing three and leaving one “fighting for her life,” according to a CNN report.
The San Bernardino County Coroner identified the victims as Lucerne Valley residents Daytona Bronas, 12, Sandra Mizer, 13, and Willow Sanchez, 11. The fourth girl, Natalie Cole, 14, is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital.
Local Lucerne Valley Unified Schools Superintendent, Peter Livingston, told CNN Bronas and Coe were in wheelchairs when the hit-and-run occurred.
The four girls were reportedly on Camp Rock Road at Rabbit Springs Road in Lucerne Valley when they were struck by the truck around 10:19 p.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that the driver of the truck hit the girls from behind and then fled the scene on foot. The CHP has not determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the hit-and-run crash, and an investigation is ongoing.
“We’re still trying to figure out who was actually driving that Chevy Silverado,” said CHP Officer, Ramon Duran, to KABC. “They obviously knew what they did and they made the decision to flee from the scene instead of rendering aid to those four juveniles and that is just mind-blowing that somebody would do that.”
The Lucerne Valley community is mourning the tragic loss of the three young girls while continuing to hope that Natalie Cole recovers from her injuries.
“This is a horrific tragedy, the Lucerne Valley Unified School District is in shock at this terrible event,” Superintendent Livingston told CNN. “We are calling for whoever did this to turn themselves in. Anyone who runs from the scene of an accident like this is not human and needs to be brought to justice.”
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