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‘Gone Girl’ Actor Lisa Banes Dies From Scooter-Crash Injuries

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Award-winning actor

Lisa Banes,

who died after suffering injuries in a motorized-scooter crash in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, loved her work, family and simple joys like making breakfast and reading a newspaper at home, her wife said Tuesday.

“Lisa was my love and made me laugh every day,” Ms. Banes’s wife,

Kathryn Kranhold,

said in an interview.

Ms. Banes was struck by a scooter at about 6:30 p.m. on June 4 while walking in a crosswalk at Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street, near the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York Police Department officials said. The operator of the scooter crashed into Ms. Banes after running a red light, according to the officials.

The 65-year-old actor suffered head injuries and died Monday at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital, according to the officials. Police are searching for the operator of the scooter, who fled the scene of the crash and hasn’t been identified, the officials said.

Ms. Banes, who was born in Ohio and studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City, held regular roles on television and acted in films, including “Gone Girl,” “Cocktail” and “The Hotel New Hampshire.” She also starred in Broadway plays and in 1981 won a Theatre World Award for her performance in an off-Broadway production of “Look Back in Anger.”

“She loved her work and never did anything but act,” said Ms. Kranhold, who is a former Wall Street Journal reporter.

Actor and writer

Seth MacFarlane

wrote Tuesday on Twitter that Ms. Banes worked with him on the “The Orville” television series in the past year. Mr. MacFarlane wrote that Ms. Banes’s “stage presence, magnetism, skill and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness.”

Ms. Banes played the mother of a missing woman married to Ben Affleck in the 2014 movie ’Gone Girl.’



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Ms. Banes’s death highlighted the rising death toll on city streets in 2021, which is on track to be the worst year for such deaths since Mayor

Bill de Blasio

launched an initiative in 2014 to reduce such fatalities to zero.

As of June 14, according to city data, 112 people died in incidents involving motor vehicles, electric bikes or e-scooters and bicycles, up from 90 during the same period in 2019. The rise is most notable among pedestrians, which has reached 60 deaths, the highest level since 2013.

Mr. de Blasio said Tuesday the increase in street deaths has been fueled, in part, by a rise in people speeding and driving motor vehicles recklessly. In 2020, when city streets emptied because of the pandemic, there was a surge in deaths among car drivers, motorcyclists and passengers.

Pedestrian deaths hit a record low last year. So far this year they have almost doubled compared with the same period in 2020.

“It’s alarming,” said Sam Schwartz, a traffic consultant and former New York City traffic commissioner. He said pedestrian deaths have risen nationally over the past decade, but experts aren’t sure why. Potential reasons include vehicles getting bigger as well as greater use of electronic devices that distract drivers and pedestrians, he said.

Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, said he is aware of safety concerns from residents as more people use alternative forms of transportation, such as electric-powered bikes, scooters and mopeds. He said street safety can be improved with better regulation, education and enforcement.

He said he is confident the safety initiative he launched in 2014, known as Vision Zero, will work once the pandemic is over. “I think Vision Zero worked pre-pandemic,” Mr. de Blasio said. “It will again.”

Write to Ben Chapman at Ben.Chapman@wsj.com and Paul Berger at Paul.Berger@wsj.com

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