Carrie Bernans, an actor known for her roles in movies like “Black Panther” and “The Color Purple,” was the woman pinned under a food truck during the chaotic incident in midtown Manhattan on New Year’s Day. Bernans, also recognized as a stunt performer, sustained injuries including broken bones and chipped teeth in the crash near Penn Station on Monday. Her mother shared on Instagram that Bernans is experiencing significant pain due to the incident.
Injuries for ‘Black Panther’ Actor Carrie Bernans in Manhattan Collision
Carrie Bernans known for her role in “Black Panther” was involved in a distressing incident early Monday in Manhattan. A wrong-way driver during a police chase collided with a food truck, pinning Bernans underneath. Her mother shared updates on Instagram describing the crash as “traumatic” and revealing Bernans suffered severe injuries including broken bones, fractures and chipped teeth. Fortunately her son wasn’t present during the incident and is safe with family.
The collision in Midtown involved nine injuries including Bernans. The driver led police on a chase, causing multiple collisions before crashing into a restaurant on West 34th Street near Ninth Avenue. Cellphone footage captured the driver attempting to flee after the crash.
The driver, in critical condition was hospitalized with pending charges from the NYPD as of Tuesday afternoon.
Carrie Bernans, 29, had an uncredited role in “Black Panther” as part of the Dora Milaje fighting force and recently performed stunts in the musical version of “The Color Purple.” A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support her recovery.
This report contains information from The Associated Press and reporting by PIX11’s Amy Yensi. Jonathan Rizk, a digital journalist with experience covering local news in New York City and Washington D.C., contributed to this story through PIX11 since August 2022.
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