Jeremy Renner, star of “Hawkeye,” thanked well-wishers for their “kind sentiments” in his first social media post since his New Year’s Day snow plowing mishap.
Renner commented on Instagram, where he published a photo with some facial bruises, “Thank you everybody for your warm sentiments.” I’m too messed up to type right now. But I send you all my love.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Renner’s spokeswoman, Samantha Mast, offered further details on the mishap that placed Renner in the hospital, stating the actor was cleaning roadways near his Nevada home before the tragedy.
Renner’s spokeswoman stated that Renner was clearing snow from a private driveway on Sunday so that his family members could leave his home after celebrating Christmas together. Renner’s family members were present when the accident occurred.
“Jeremy is making fantastic progress and is awake, talking, and in good spirits,” Mast stated in a second statement issued Tuesday evening. “He is still in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit.” The outpouring of love and support overwhelms him. The family requests that you keep him in your thoughts while he heals with his close loved ones.
Authorities received a 911 call on Sunday at 8:55 a.m. PT, reporting an accident between a snowcat, equipment used to clear snow, and a person on Mount Rose Highway, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said during a news conference on Tuesday.
Although it was not snowing at the time of the accident, Balaam stated that Mount Rose Highway was blocked due to “severe winter weather” and had snow that had not yet been cleared. He also mentioned that there were 13 to 20 abandoned automobiles on the route that were impossible to avoid.
The first sheriff’s department unit arrived on the scene around 9:30 a.m. PT, where emergency medical personnel were rendering aid to Renner, according to Balaam.
According to Balaam, Renner was run down by his snowcat when it began to roll away while he was not in the driver’s seat. He got hurt while attempting to get back into the snowcat.
Renner was using his snowcat to clear snow around his own car at the time of the collision, according to Balaam. Authorities do not believe Renner was inebriated at the time of the occurrence, which Balaam described as a “tragic accident.” Renner’s representative earlier told CNN that he suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic damage.” According to a source close to the actor, the 51-year-old has had two operations to address his ailments. According to Balaam, Renner was conscious and communicating with first responders when they arrived at the location on Tuesday.
When Renner was hurt, his neighbors assisted him and supplied towels as he waited for first responders, according to Balaam. According to an earlier press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the actor was the only one involved in the accident. At 9:37 a.m. PT, a helicopter landed along the roadway, and Renner was flown to a Reno-area hospital, according to Balaam.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has Renner’s snowcat and is inspecting it to “rule out any potential mechanical failure,” which is a routine component of the inquiry with these serious injuries, according to Balaam.
Renner was permitted to drive the snowcat because he was on a private road shared by his neighbors and not maintained by the county, according to Balaam.
“He was an excellent neighbor, plowing those roads for his neighbor,” Balaam said.
According to Balaam, the authorities do not suspect any wrongdoing.
Parts of western Nevada were blanketed with snow at the time of the tragedy. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the Reno region received 6–12 inches of snow between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at elevations below 5,000 feet and up to 18 inches at higher elevations.
Renner has already uploaded many videos and photographs on his verified social media accounts depicting him in icy circumstances, including one released two weeks ago on Instagram in which the actor looks to be operating a snowplow.
Renner’s family issued a statement Monday evening praising medical workers and first responders while the actor was still in the hospital.
“Jeremy’s family would like to express their thanks to the great physicians and nurses who are caring for him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, Washoe County Sheriff, Reno City Mayor Hillary Schieve, and the Carano and Murdock families,” his spokeswoman said in a statement. “They are also overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of love and support from his followers.”
Renner now stars in the Paramount+ series “Mayor of Kingstown” and is best known as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
On Monday, his “Avengers” co-star Mark Ruffalo appealed for prayers for Renner.
“Prayers for our brother @jeremyrenner’s complete and rapid recovery,” Ruffalo said on Instagram. “Please send him healing energy.”