Hollywood Black Panther actor Carrie Bernans severely hurt in hit-and-run in New York

Carrie Bernans. Photo Courtesy: Carrie Bernans Instagram page

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IBNS: The Color Purple and Black Panther actor and stuntwoman Carrie Bernans was injured and rushed to hospital after a hit-and-run incident in New York City, media reports said on Wednesday.

Carrie Bernans, 29, was left critically injured after a driver crashed into an outdoor dining area at the Chirp restaurant in Manhattan at around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, her representative told People.

Bernans, who is a new mother, suffered several broken bones in the crash and is currently in a stable condition in the hospital, said her representative who confirmed that her child was not present at the time of the crash.

The incident occurred amid a police foot chase after officers were informed of a physical assault involving the 44-year-old male driver of a black Mercedes and a 34-year-old female passenger in the area of 33rd Street and 6th Avenue, police confirmed to the magazine.

“Officers on foot attempted to de-escalate the situation and ordered the male operator of the vehicle to put the vehicle into park. The male failed to obey the officers’ orders and fled westbound on 33rd Street before making a right turn onto 7th Avenue counter flow to traffic,” the police statement added.

“The Mercedes then turned onto westbound West 34th Street where he mounted the sidewalk and began traveling westbound. The male then struck a food cart and two 39-year-old female pedestrians, a 31-year-old female pedestrian, and a 29-year-old female pedestrian,” read the statement as quoted by People.

Patricia Lee, Bernans’ mother, posted on the Instagram page of the actor: “#grateful #psGraphicPhotos posted by Carrie’s mom @777patricialee . She’s still in so much pain and can’t answer calls at this time, but appreciate the messages. This was a traumatic incident.”

“Please keep Carrie in your thoughts and prayers. She’s in so much pain but healing. She was involved in a traumatic incident in NYC where a man, early 40s was trying to escape a hit and run and ran into multiple cars before hitting a food stand that her friend & her were walking near. It ended up knocking her unconscious and pended her under the stand. She was under it unaware of what was happening,” read the post.

“She have a few broken bones, fractures, & chipped teeth but thanking God that she’s alive. Nine people were injured in his attempted escape from the hit & run, including 3 police officers. Police caught him shortly after and arrested him. Amidst the chaos of the New Year’s incident, she’s holding onto an immense sense of gratitude for life itself,” the post said.