Stuntwoman and Actor from ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Colour Purple’ Involved in Severe Hit-and-Run in New York”
Carrie Bernans, a 29-year-old performer known for her roles in ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Colour Purple,’ suffered severe injuries in a hit-and-run incident in New York on January 1, 2024, according to a People Magazine report. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the Chirp restaurant in Manhattan, where a car struck an outdoor dining area.
Despite recently becoming a mother, Ms. Bernans was fortunately not with her baby during the incident. However, she sustained multiple fractures, broken bones, and chipped teeth, resulting in her hospitalization. Her representative confirms that she is in stable condition.
The police investigation revealed that the incident involved a foot chase after reports of a physical assault between a 44-year-old male driver of a black Mercedes and a 34-year-old female passenger at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue.
According to the police statement, officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, instructing the driver to park the vehicle. The driver, however, failed to comply, fleeing westbound on 33rd Street, then turning onto 7th Avenue against traffic. The Mercedes continued onto West 34th Street, mounting the sidewalk and injuring several pedestrians, including Ms. Bernans.
The chaotic incident led to injuries to two police officers and the Mercedes passenger, as the driver mounted the sidewalk again, striking unoccupied parked vehicles and a 2022 Toyota Camry.
Ms. Bernans’ mother, Patricia Lee, shared distressing details of her daughter’s injuries on Instagram, including a swollen face, damaged and bleeding teeth, and bruises on her hands. Ms. Lee expressed gratitude for her daughter’s survival despite the traumatic incident, emphasizing the severity of the hit-and-run and its impact on multiple individuals, including three police officers. The driver was apprehended by the police shortly after the incident.