Award-winning actress, martial artist and /stuntwoman Carrie Bernans was critically injured in a hit-and run traffic accident in New York City on January 1, 2024.

Carrie Bernans, 29, was left critically injured after a driver crashed into an outdoor dining area at the Chirp restaurant in Manhattan at around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, her representative confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement. 

Bernans, who is a new mother, suffered several broken bones in the crash and is currently in a stable condition in the hospital. Her child was not present at the time of the crash, and is safe.

Recent news upates report she is now in stable condition.

Bernans, a Memphis, TN, appeared in Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: End Game (2019). She was one of the Dora Milaje, the King of Wakanda’s traditional all-female bodyguard. She also appears in the remake of The Color Purple (2023).

She was Demi Singleton’s stunt double in the horror move The Deliverance, which is currently in post-production and should be released later this year.

Carrie Bernans is a true Renaissance woman: actress, stuntwoman, producer, speaks six languages, and a former competitive athlete at track and field. She is a dancer and a martial artist. After breaking multiple bones, she may wish to concentrate on being a producer instead of a stuntwoman, at least for a year or two. She was executive producer of the TV show Figuring it Out (Spanglish).

Eight other people were injured in the same accident.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.