By Carol Tannenhauser
On Friday night, police reported that “a 65-year-old female” was struck and critically injured by a motor vehicle on Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street, which “passed through a steady red light and fled.”
On Saturday, family and friends identified the victim of the alleged hit-and-run as Lisa Banes, an actress from Los Angeles, best known for her roles in the films “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl,” and many other theater and television appearances.
Banes was reportedly heading for a dinner party, but had stopped to visit her alma mater, Juilliard. “[She] was in the crosswalk and had the right of way, according to police, who said it was unclear what kind of vehicle the suspect was driving,” the New York Post wrote. “No one knows for sure. Some witnesses said it was a scooter. Some said it was a motorcycle with no plate, an NYPD spokesman said.”
Banes was taken to Mt. Sinai Morningside with severe head trauma, the police told WSR. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
“‘We have several days ahead of us to pray for Lisa,’” her wife, Kathryn Kranhold, told the Daily News. “’If anyone has any information about the scooter driver, we ask them to please call the police.’”