Jeremy Renner, the Oscar-nominated actor, has admitted that the terrible snowplow accident on New Year’s Day, which left him close to death, was his fault.
He also apologized to his family for putting them through the ordeal.
The accident occurred when Renner was driving the snowplow after using it to pull one of the family’s trucks out of the snow.
The plow started to skid on ice, and Renner, worried about his nephew Alex’s safety, stuck one foot out of the plow without setting the parking brake.
As a result, he lost his footing and fell out of the plow’s cab.
Renner, seated in a wheelchair, told ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer, “You should not be outside the vehicle when you are operating it. It is like driving a car with one foot out of the car. However, it is what it was, and it is my mistake, and I paid for it.”
Fearing that the snowplow would roll back and crush his nephew, Renner tried to jump back into the vehicle to stop it.
Instead, he stepped onto the plow’s moving wheel tracks, which threw him forward, and the vehicle ran over him.
He suffered over 30 broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a pierced liver.
Neighbors who found Renner described him as having blood all around him, shallow breathing, and a crack in his skull.
When he woke up in the hospital, Renner apologized to his family with a sign language motion meaning “I am sorry.”
He said, “It is my responsibility. I feel bad that my actions caused so much pain.”
Doctors used titanium rods and screws to repair broken ribs and placed metal in his legs and face to rebuild an eye socket. Renner, now walking with the aid of a walker, is still undergoing hours of daily therapy for his injuries.
Renner is best known for playing the Marvel superhero Hawkeye in the “Avengers” movies.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his work in the 2008 film “The Hurt Locker” and best-supporting actor for his work in the 2010 movie “The Town.”
He is set to make his in-person return to Hollywood on Tuesday at a red-carpet event for his TV series “Rennervations.”
Renner credits the support of his family with helping him survive the snowplow accident. “I have been refilled and refueled with love and titanium,” he laughed.