Actor Jeremy Renner was helping a stranded motorist when he was injured over the weekend in a snow-plow accident in the mountains outside 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 her home on the side of a snowy mountain on New Year’s Day when she was run over. in his own car. The accident left Renner in critical but stable condition with chest and orthopedic injuries.
“He was helping someone who was stuck in the snow,” Schieve told the Reno Gazette-Journal Monday evening. He said that he and the actor are friends and that he was called about the accident shortly after it happened Sunday morning near Mt. Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.
“He was always helping others,” he 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 Mt. A powerful winter storm dumped more than 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow on the area Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The sheriff’s office said at the time that Renner was “the only involved party in the incident” and that the office’s major accident investigation team was “looking into the circumstances of the incident.”
Sheriff Darin Balaam has scheduled a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday “to explain details about” the sheriff’s office’s response to the accident, the office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday.
A publicist for Renner said in a statement Monday that he suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries and remains in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit after 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.
He’s a two-time acting Oscar nominee, scoring back-to-back nods for “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.” Renner’s portrayal of a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq in 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” helped make him a household name.
“The Avengers” in 2012 cemented him as part of Marvel’s larger narrative ambitions, with his character appearing in several sequels and getting his own Disney+ series, “Hawkeye.”
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