Driver Accused of Hitting and Killing ‘Gone Girl’ Actor Lisa Banes Charged with Homicide

by Michael Freeman
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Back in June, a tragic accident ended up killing Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes. Monday, the driver responsible received several upgraded charges, including homicide, because of the accident.

26-year-old Brian Boyd, drove into Banes while riding an electric scooter on June 4. The accident occurred on the Upper West Side before he fled the scene after impacting Banes. The Manhattan Supreme Court gave him a five count-indictment yesterday, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The New York Post states Boyd is charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Additionally, the court charged him with the failure of a driver to exercise due care. If convicted, his jail time ranges from none at all or a maximum of 5 to 15 years in prison. Initially, Boyd’s charges were only leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Surveillance footage displays Banes had the okay signal to begin crossing the street on a crosswalk on Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th Street. However, Boyd ran through the red light there and collided with her, according to court paper allegations. Both Banes and Boyd tumbled to the ground afterward. Boyd then stood up, picked up his scooter, and walked over to Banes who was “lying face-down and bleeding from the head,” the criminal complaint states.

Lisa Banes was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, but died 10 days later of a traumatic brain injury. Banes was visiting from Los Angeles and was on her way to meet a friend for dinner. After the accident, Boyd rode to Bolt Bike Shop in Harlem to repair his scooter. In August, he was arrested when patrolling police officers recognized him from a wanted poster.

Boyd is currently being held in lieu of a $30,000 cash bail.

Lisa Banes’ Career

Born in Ohio, Lisa Banes first went to New York when she attended Julliard. After that, she moved to Los Angeles to make a name for herself as an actor.

Well known for her role as Marybeth Elliott in Gone Girl, Bane starred with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. However, she had many other notable roles as well, acting in Cocktail and Young Guns during the 1980s. Banes also had several recurring roles in shows like Nashville and the sitcom, The King of Queens.

Her feats and appearances extend to Broadway too. Winning the Theatre World Award in 1981, she later took home an Obie in 1982 for her performance in My Sister in This House.

Her prominence in acting led to significant mourning and support upon her passing. Banes’ co-star and creator of The Orville Seth MacFarlane was especially saddened, writing about her on social media. ” am deeply saddened at the news of Lisa Banes’ passing. We had the good fortune to work with her on The Orville this past year. Her stage presence, magnetism, skill, and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness toward all of us.”

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