Reno, Nevada: Actor Jeremy Renner was helping a stranded motorist when he was injured over the weekend in a snow-plow accident in the mountains on the edge of Reno, according to the city’s mayor.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said the 51-year-old Avengers star was trying to help a stranded car outside his home on the side of a snowy mountain on New Year’s Day when he was run over by his own vehicle. The accident left Renner in critical but stable condition with chest and orthopedic injuries.
“He was helping someone stranded in the snow,” Schieve told the Reno Gazette-Journal Monday night. She said she and the actor were friends and that she was called about the accident shortly after it happened Sunday morning near the Mt Rose Highway that connects Reno to Lake Tahoe.
“He is always helping others,” she told the newspaper.
The Washoe County sheriff’s office said in a statement Sunday that deputies responded to a report of a traumatic injury in the area of the Mt Rose Highway at about 9am Sunday before Renner was flown by helicopter to a local hospital. A powerful winter storm dumped more than 600 meters of snow on the area on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The sheriff’s office said at the time Renner was the “only involved party in the incident” and that the office’s major accident investigation team was looking into the circumstances.
Jeremy Renner as a veteran game tracker in Wind River.Credit:Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Sheriff Darin Balaam scheduled a news conference at 3.30pm on Tuesday, Pacific Standard Time (9.30am Wednesday AEDST) to clarify details regarding the sheriff’s office’s response to the accident, the office said in a statement.
Earlier, a publicist for Renner said in a statement that he suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries and remained in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit following surgery at a Reno hospital.
Renner plays Hawkeye, a sharp-shooting member of the superhero Avengers squad in Marvel’s sprawling movie and television universe.
Renner’s portrayed a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq in 2009’s The Hurt Locker and is a two-time acting Oscar nominee, scoring back-to-back nods for The Hurt Locker and The Town.
The Avengers in 2012 cemented him as part of Marvel’s grand storytelling ambitions, with his character appearing in several sequels and getting its own Disney+ series, Hawkeye.
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