- Carrie Bernans, known for Black Panther and The Color Purple, was injured in a hit-and-run incident in NYC
- Driver Mohamed Alaouie was chased by the police after reportedly assaulting his girlfriend
- Two police officers were also injured in the accident, and Alaouie was charged with attempted murder, assault, drug possession, and impaired driving
Carrie Bernans, a stuntwoman known for her roles in The Color Purple and Black Panther, was injured in New York City during a hit-and-run accident. Bernans was among eight pedestrians injured after a driver crashed into the outdoor dining area of Chirp restaurant in Manhattan. The incident happened when the driver, Mohamed Alaouie, was chased by the police after reports of physically assaulting his girlfriend in his car.
According to the police statement, officers on foot tried to de-escalate the situation and ordered Alaouie to put his vehicle in park. However, the driver failed to obey the officers’ orders and fled the scene. Alaouie mounted the sidewalk and struck a food cart as well as four female pedestrians, ranging in age from 29 to 39.
Before long, Alaouie also hit “two unoccupied parked vehicles and a 2022 Toyota Camry in the roadway.” Besides the eight injured pedestrians, two police officers were also hurt and hospitalized. The driver is currently in stable condition and has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault, reckless endangerment, drug possession (a large amount of crack cocaine was found in his vehicle), driving while intoxicated, and driving while ability impaired.
Bernan’s mother, Patricia Lee, posted photos of her daughter’s injuries on Instagram, mentioning that she is “still in so much pain and can’t answer calls at this time” but appreciates all the supportive messages. Lee also said that while her daughter has multiple fractures and broken bones, she is optimistic about her future: “She’s in so much pain but healing. It’s just a matter of time.”
On Tuesday, Carrie Bernans shared a personal message from her hospital bed in NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue via her Instagram, saying, “I’m in so much pain and I still can’t even really walk right now. I’m just really hurting, but I know God is good and God heals. It’s just a matter of time.”
Bernan’s extensive credits include Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, The Color Purple, The Premise, and S.W.A.T. Bernans and her family, including her 7-month-old son, were visiting New York to celebrate the New Year. Her son was not present during the incident.