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Black Panther star Carrie Bernans unable to walk unaided after being knocked unconscious in ‘hit and run’

Black Panther star Carrie Bernans unable to walk unaided after being knocked unconscious in ‘hit and run’

Officials have classified the incident as a mass casualty event

Black Panther star Carrie Bernans has been hospitalized following a suspected hit and run incident in New York.

At around 1:30am yesterday (January 1), authorities reported that a driver injured at least nine people near Madison Square Garden.

Actor and stuntperson Carrie Bernans - best known for playing Dora Milaje in Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame - was critically injured in the incident which has since been classified by officials as a mass casualty event.

Carrie Bernans is best known for her role in Black Panther.
Getty Images/Paul Archuleta

Sources told the New York Post the driver involved in the incident appeared to be arguing with his girlfriend inside the vehicle.

Police were reportedly flagged down by passersby, however, before they could intervene, the driver took off, hitting multiple parked cars and a food cart.

Bernans was one of the pedestrians caught up in the incident, with her mom having since taken to Instagram to update fans and followers on her condition and give further details about what happened.

The post read: "#grateful #psGraphicPhotos posted by Carrie’s mom @777patricialee [...] Please keep Carrie in your thoughts and prayers. She’s in so much pain but healing. She was involved in a traumatic incident in NYC where a man, early 40s was trying to escape a hit and run and ran into multiple cars before hitting a food stand that her friend and her were walking near.

"It ended up knocking her unconscious and pended her under the stand. She was under it unaware of what was happening."

The actor was one of at least nine people who were injured in the incident.

According to Bernans' mom's update, the actor sustained 'a few broken bones, fractures and chipped teeth' as a result of the incident.

"But thanking God that she's alive," she added. "[...] Amidst the chaos of the New Year's incident, she’s holding onto an immense sense of gratitude for life itself."

The post resolved: "This setback hasn't deterred her belief that something remarkable is still being crafted by God. Despite the injuries sustained in the collision caused by a hit-and-run in NYC, she’s filled with hope and faith in the unfolding of a beautiful new chapter. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she navigate this path toward recovery and new beginnings.

"[...] Thank you to all the first responders, police, strangers, my friend Katherine, family & friends who’s helped her. *P.S., her son was not there. He was safe in a warm hotel room with family. And thank you to all who reached out. #newyork #trauma #newyears #nye."

Bernans' mom updated her followers on Instagram.

Police later apprehended the driver at West 34th Street and 9th Avenue.

He's reported as having been found alone in the vehicle and transported to hospital with critical injuries but in stable condition.

Police and other sources report his girlfriend has also been hospitalized with minor injuries.

Bernans has been keeping her followers updated with videos posted to her Instagram Story.

In one clip, she said she's 'in so much pain' and 'still can't really walk right now,' but thanks fans for their support.

"I'm just hurting but I know that God is good and God heals and it's just a matter of time. Thankfully my surgery went well," she added.

A more recent update from Bernans' mom reports the actor was 'able to walk a few steps assisted'.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/carriebernans / Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

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