NYC hit-and-run victim identified by family, pals as actress Lisa Banes

Stage and display actress Lisa Banes is combating for her life after being struck by a hit-and-run driver this week on the Upper West Side — her first time again to town she loves because the pandemic, fearful pals instructed The Post on Saturday.

Banes, 65, — who lives in Los Angeles and whose credit embrace over two dozen roles in TV reveals and flicks, together with “A Cure for Wellness,” and “Gone Girl” — was on her method to meet her spouse for a cocktail party at a detailed pal’s dwelling close to Lincoln Center when she was mowed down by somebody on a purple and black scooter or motor bike Friday at 6:30 p.m. on West sixty fourth and Amsterdam Avenue, in keeping with pals and police.

Banes was within the crosswalk and had the best of approach, police stated.

She remained in vital situation late Saturday within the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital with a traumatic mind damage, authorities stated.

“Lisa is in critical condition and we’ll know more in the next few days,” her spouse, Kathryn Kranhold instructed The Post.

NYPD at the scene of the hit-and-run accident where Lisa Banes was struck on June 4, 2021.
NYPD on the scene of the hit-and-run accident the place Lisa Banes was struck on June 4, 2021.
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The horrible accident was a merciless twist for Banes, who had been thrilled to lastly make it again to the Big Apple along with her spouse, wanting to lastly see previous pals — and town — that she missed a lot, pals instructed The Post.

“She loves, loves, loves New York,” stated pal pal Cynthia Crossen, who stated Banes’ itinerary included clinking glasses at an annual Memorial Day Weekend get together at producer Clive Davis’ Westchester dwelling.. “She’s an LA girl but she spent so many happy years here.”

On Friday, she had a mini reunion with the solid of “The Niceties,” the 2018 play she starred in on the Manhattan Theatre Club with Jordan Boatman, Crossen stated.

Afterwards, she phoned Kranhold — a former Wall Street journal scribe whom she married at a small ceremony about 4 years in the past at City Hall — at round 6:20 p.m. to fulfill up at Crossen’s pad close to Lincoln Center.

When Banes didn’t present up, her spouse started frantically calling her, with no reply every time. Eventually, somebody on the hospital picked up her telephone and instructed her the terrible information.

Banes had just returned to New York City for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Banes had simply returned to New York City for the primary time because the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christopher Sadowski

Meanwhile, police stated Saturday it was unclear what sort of car hit Banes.

“No one knows for sure. Some witnesses said it was a scooter. Some said it was a motorcycle with no plate,” an NYPD spokesman stated.

Police consider the driving force blew via a purple mild on the intersection. No arrests have been made.

Banes, who was born in Ohio and raised in Colorado, attended Julliard and launched into a protracted and assorted profession in New York and Hollywood.

She had roles on “One Life to Live,” “China Beach,” “The Royal Pains,” and “Nashville.” In 1988’s “Cocktail” she performed Tom Cruise’s older love curiosity and he or she was the mom of the lacking girl, performed by Rosamund Pike, in “Gone Girl.”

Lisa Banes in a scene with Christina Ricci in the movie "Pumpkin" in 2002.
Lisa Banes in a scene with Christina Ricci within the film “Pumpkin” in 2002.
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On Broadway, she appeared in “Present Laughter” and “High Society” amongst different performs.

She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for finest featured actress in a play in 1984 for “Isn’t it Romantic.” She gained a Theatre World Award in 1981 for the off-Broadway play “Look Back in Anger” and an Obie in 1982 for her position in “My Sister in This House.”

“She’s a great character,” stated Crossen. “She’s funny. She’s fun. She’s vibrant. She’s just a person of many talents and interests.”

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