Without naming Banes, the NYPD said a 65-year-old woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident Friday just after 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to a 911 call about a vehicle collision with a pedestrian at West 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, said NYPD spokesperson Denise Moroney. There, a female pedestrian was lying on the roadway with severe head trauma, and EMS took her to the hospital, where she is in critical condition, NYPD said.
The NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad determined the woman was attempting to cross Amsterdam Avenue inside the crosswalk, with the pedestrian signal in her favor, when a scooter traveling north on the avenue went through a red light and struck her, knocking her to the roadway, according to police.
The scooter then fled north, police said. There have been no arrests yet, they said.
Williams said his understanding was that Banes was on her way to visit Juilliard, her alma mater, and Lincoln Center Theater when she was injured.