As previously reported, actor Jeremy Renner had been seriously injured in a freak snowplow accident near his Reno, Nev. home and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.
Tuesday afternoon, Renner took to his Instagram account to provide a brief update on his condition. “Thank you all for your kind words. Im too messed up now to type. But I send love to you all,” he wrote.
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On Thursday morning, Jan. 5th, Renner, 51, posted another video to his Instagram Story of his mother and sister comforting him from his hospital bed.
In the video, Renner’s sister can be seen massaging his head and making her brother laugh as their mother looks on during what the actor wrote was a “spa moment to lift my spirits.”
Renner said that the “spa moment” served as his first time bathing since he was injured.
At a live-streamed news conference, Nevada’s Washoe County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the accident. According to their investigation, Renner’s personal vehicle, which a family member was driving, had gotten stuck in the snow.
Renner retrieved a PistenBully snowplow to help free the vehicle, and as he was getting out of the machine, it started to roll. Renner attempted to get back in the driver’s seat, but it was at this point that the PistenBully ran him over.
Balaam confirmed that Renner was a “great neighbor” by plowing the private road.
Sheriff Darin Balaam stated that, based on their investigation, they don’t suspect any foul play and believe it was a tragic accident. The PistenBully is currently being analyzed to rule out any mechanical failures.
Balaam was asked by a member of the media about Renner’s importance to the community; Balaam said that Renner is an honorary deputy sheriff for the county.
“So when I took office in 2019, he came…” Balaam said. “His popularity amongst kids and Marvel, he has a huge impact. Those kids that he touched during [charity event] Shop with the Sheriff, he showed up to shop with our kids, I can guarantee they will never forget that moment that they got. He shared our time with us there and not only showed with a few kids, but interacted with the kids, so he’s had a huge impact… but throughout the community, he’s been very generous. And he’s one of those individuals that I can tell you, most of the time you don’t know that he’s doing it, but he has made a tremendous impact on this community.”
Renner underwent two surgeries after the accident and is currently in critical but stable condition.