By Carol Tannenhauser
Actress Lisa Banes, 65, has died, after being hit on Friday, June 4th, by a motor scooter that blew through a red light then fled the scene at Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street, police announced on Tuesday morning. She had been hospitalized, in critical condition, for 10 days at Mt. Sinai West.
Banes lived in Los Angeles, and had numerous roles in movies, television and theater, including, perhaps her best-known, “Gone Girl” and “Cocktail.” She was visiting New York, a city she reportedly loved, and was coming from a visit to her alma mater, Juilliard, when she was struck.
According to police, “[Banes] was attempting to cross Amsterdam Avenue, from west to east inside the north crosswalk at West 64 Street, with the pedestrian signal in her favor, when a scooter—traveling north on Amsterdam Avenue—did pass the red traffic signal and strike the pedestrian, knocking her to the roadway. The scooter then fled the location, continuing northbound. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.”
In addition to her film roles, Banes appeared regularly on and off Broadway following her 1984 breakthrough part in ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’ On television, she had recurring roles on Nashville, Royal Pains, and Six Feet Under, and guest spots on Frasier, Roseanne, and The King of Queens, among many other sitcoms, sci-fi and police shows.
“We are heartsick about Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing,” a representative for Banes told The Guardian. “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.”