Jeremy Renner was trying to save his adult nephew from being hit by the snowplow when the machine accidentally crushed the famed “Avengers” star, according to an incident report from the Nevada Sheriff’s Office.
The “Hurt Locker” star didn’t activate the emergency break when it started sliding sideways after he used it to pull his nephew’s truck out of the snow, according to the new, redacted Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report (via CNN ).
“The Pistenbully snow groomer began to slide, causing Renner to exit the vehicle without applying the emergency brake,” the report concluded.
“Although the Pistenbully had some mechanical issues, it is believed based on our mechanical inspection 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 did not work and “mechanical issues may have been a factor in this accident.”
Renner’s nephew helped him while they waited for medical help to arrive and airlift him to a trauma center. His rep confirmed at the time that he was in “critical but stable condition” and 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 the hospital. He later revealed that he broke more than 30 bones in the snowplow accident that occurred on New Year’s Day.
“These 30 plus broken bones will mend, grow stronger, 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 the leg.
“Much love and appreciation to you all,” he wrote.