Lisa Banes death: Prosecutors have upped the charge against a man suspected in
the hit-and-run death of actress Lisa Banes.
Brian Boyd, 26, who allegedly mowed down Banes on an electric scooter June 4 on
the Upper West Side before fleeing, pleaded not guilty Monday in Manhattan
Supreme Court to a five count-indictment.
The new charges are second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and
failure of a driver to exercise due care. If convicted, he could get as little as no jail
time or a maximum of five to 15 years in prison.
Boyd was initially arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an incident without
reporting and failure to yield to a pedestrian.
Surveillance video shows that Banes, best known for her role in the 2014 murder
mystery “Gone Girl,” had the walk signal when she stepped into the crosswalk on
Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th Street and was struck by Boyd, who had blown
through a red light, court papers allege.
Banes and Boyd tumbled to the ground, the footage allegedly shows. Boyd stood up,
picked up his scooter, walked over to the 65-year-old actress “lying face-down and
bleeding from the head” then drove away, according to the criminal complaint.
The Juilliard graduate was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where she died 10 days
later of a traumatic brain injury.
Banes, who has graced Broadway stages and played Tom Cruise’s older love interest
in the film “Cocktail,” was visiting from Los Angeles and on her way to meet a friend
After the deadly accident, Boyd rode to Bolt Bike Shop in Harlem to have the scooter
repaired, the complaint alleges.
Boyd was arrested in August when patrol cops recognized him from a wanted poster.
He is being held in lieu of $30,000 cash bail