Actress and stuntwoman Carrie Bernans, who appeared in several Marvel films including “Black Panther” and most recently worked on “The Color Purple,” was seriously injured after being hit by a car in New York City.
At 1:34 a.m. Monday morning, New York City police officers were called to investigate an assault that was taking place between a man and a woman in a black Mercedes sedan, according to a statement from the New York City police. NY. Police attempted to calm the situation on foot, but the driver fled the scene in his car. The 44-year-old driver eventually mounted the sidewalk and crashed into a food stand before striking four pedestrians, including Bernans. The victims were transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue in Manhattan.
Bernans is in critical but stable condition, according to his publicist.
“His family will be forever grateful for the love and support they have received since this tragic accident occurred this morning in New York,” Bernans’ publicist said in a statement to the Times. “They are grateful to God that her son was not with her and that he is safe and with her family. She is receiving excellent care and has a long road of healing and rehabilitation ahead of her. Her family kindly asks you to keep her in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
A message shared on Bernans’ Instagram and a new GoFundMe page started by her family reiterated that the frequent Marvel stuntwoman, 29, was not with her 8-month-old son at the time of the accident.
“Please keep Carrie in your thoughts and prayers. She is suffering a lot but she is healing,” the Instagram message reads. “She was involved in a traumatic incident in New York. …she ended up knocking her unconscious and [pinned] she under the [struck food] stop. She was underneath not realizing what was happening.
“She has some broken bones, fractures and chipped teeth, but thank God she is alive. Nine people were injured in their attempt to escape the hit-and-run, including three police officers. … Amidst the chaos of the New Year’s incident, she holds on to an immense feeling of gratitude for life itself.”
The publication also noted that Bernans, who worked as a stuntman on Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” had successfully undergone surgery and expressed optimism about the road to recovery he faces: “Despite the injuries sustained in the collision caused by a stroke and- When she runs in New York, she is full of hope and faith in the development of a new and beautiful chapter.”
After the car accident, NYPD officers were able to arrest the driver of the recklessly driven car, 44-year-old Mohamed Alaouie. According to the NYPD, he faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated and driving while apparent intoxicated.