Jeremy Renner was trying to save his adult nephew from being hit by the snowplow when the machine accidentally crushed the famous “Avengers” star, according to an incident report from a Nevada sheriff.
The “Hurt Locker” star didn’t activate the emergency brake because it started sliding sideways after he used it to pull his cousin’s truck out of the snow, according to the new, redacted report from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (via CNN).
“The Pistenbully snowplow began to slide, causing Renner to exit the vehicle without using the emergency brake,” the report concludes.
“Although the Pistenbully had some mechanical issues, based on our mechanical inspection, it is believed that the parking brake would prevent the Pistenbully from moving forward.
“When Renner attempted to stop or divert the Pistenbully to avoid injury to (his nephew), he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over.”
The report also notes that the brake indicator light was not working and that “mechanical problems may have played a role in this accident.”
Renner’s cousin helped him while they waited for medical attention to transport him to a trauma center. His rep confirmed at the time that he was in “critical but stable condition” and had suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries” for which he underwent multiple surgeries.
Renner, 52, returned home earlier this month after spending nearly two weeks in hospital. He later revealed that he had broken more than 30 bones in the snowplow accident, which occurred on New Year’s Day.
“These 30+ broken bones will heal, grow stronger, just as the love and bond with family and friends deepens,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed with a doctor stretching his leg.
“Much love and appreciation to you all,” he wrote.