Man charged with scooter hit-and-run that killed Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes appears in court


A man charged with the e-scooter hit-and-run death of Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes was almost set free from a New York City court on Friday before a judge realized the error and set bail at $30,000.

Brian Boyd, 26, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court for the deadly accident – which happened in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan on June 4.

Boyd, who lives on the same corner as the collision, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failure to yield to a pedestrian. 

He was almost mistakenly released on Friday after a Manhattan prosecutor appeared to confuse New York’s recent bail reforms, and told Judge James Clynes he had to be released without bail, the New York Post reported.

The judge had initially slapped Boyd with supervised release, a program that allows defendants to home before trial under the watch of a case manager – rather than being released on their own promise to return to court. 

Boyd was ultimately remanded back into custody and his bail was set at $30,000 when attorneys cleared up the confusion after an extensive break outside the courtroom, according to the outlet.

The court re-held the arraignment with a different prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Bernard Eyth, who told the court that Boyd could in fact be held on bail.

‘Any crime that is alleged to have caused the death of another person is a [bail] eligible offense,’ Eyth said.

Last January 1, New York State enacted a sweeping law that banned cash bail requirements for suspects facing a charges including stalking, assault without serious injury, burglary, many drug offenses, and some kinds of arson and robbery. 

A man charged with the e-scooter hit-and-run death of Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes appeared in a New York City court on Friday

He was almost mistakenly released on Friday after a Manhattan prosecutor told Judge James Clynes he had to be released without bail

He was almost mistakenly released on Friday after a Manhattan prosecutor told Judge James Clynes he had to be released without bail

Though the state scaled back the law last summer after an alarming uptick in crime, bail remains optional for some offenses, and suspects in New York City are often released quickly after arrest without posting bail.

Defenders of the reforms say that bail is unfair to those who can’t afford it, and possibly even racist, but critics say the changes let dangerous criminals loose to re-offend.

Boyd was arrested on Thursday at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, a housing project, the New York Daily News reported. 

Cops had identified Boyd from a wanted poster, sources told the New York Post.

Banes, 65, died ten days after she was hit by a red and black Fairthorpe motorcycle allegedly manned by Boyd on Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th Street.

She was visiting from Los Angeles and was crossing the street on the way to meet her wife Kathryn Kranhold at her alma mater, the Julliard School, when she was hit by the scooter, the New York Post reported.

Witnesses said the scooter rider ran a red light at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street and then fled after knocking Banes over.   

Banes suffered a traumatic brain injury and had been in critical care at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital since June 4. She died on June 14. 

The judge had initially slapped Boyd with supervised release, a program that allows defendants to home before trial under the watch of a case manager - rather than being released on their own promise to return to court

The judge had initially slapped Boyd with supervised release, a program that allows defendants to home before trial under the watch of a case manager – rather than being released on their own promise to return to court

Boyd was ultimately remanded back into custody and his bail was set at $30,000 when attorneys cleared up the confusion after an extensive break outside the courtroom

Boyd was ultimately remanded back into custody and his bail was set at $30,000 when attorneys cleared up the confusion after an extensive break outside the courtroom

Boyd was arrested on Thursday at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, a housing project

Boyd was arrested on Thursday at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, a housing project

Police transport Brian Boyd from the NYPD 20th Precinct station house in New York to court

Police transport Brian Boyd from the NYPD 20th Precinct station house in New York to court

Boyd was arrested for allegedly fatally striking actress Lisa Banes with a scooter in June

Boyd was arrested for allegedly fatally striking actress Lisa Banes with a scooter in June

Boyd was arrested on Thursday at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, a housing project

Boyd was arrested on Thursday at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, a housing project

A 26-year-old man from the upscale Upper West Side neighborhood of NYC has been arrested for the e-scooter hit-and-run death of Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes in June

A 26-year-old man from the upscale Upper West Side neighborhood of NYC has been arrested for the e-scooter hit-and-run death of Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes in June

Banes appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including Gone Girl in 2014 and Cocktail with Tom Cruise in 1988. On television, she had roles on Nashville, Madam Secretary, Masters of Sex and NCIS. 

Born in Ohio and raised in Colorado, Banes attended Julliard in New York, world renowned as a performing arts school, before launching prolific acting career, according to the New York Post.

She married Kranhold at an intimate ceremony about four years ago at City Hall. 

Reacting to the news last night, Banes’ friend and singer Jill Sobule shared a photo of the pair together in a book store. 

‘Just busted. Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted – always helped me though the hard times. She was so beloved by so many,’ Sobule tweeted.

Lisa Banes, 65, was hit while crossing the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street on the Upper West Side at about 6.30pm on June 4

Lisa Banes, 65, was hit while crossing the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street on the Upper West Side at about 6.30pm on June 4

The 65-year-old, from Los Angeles, was on her way to meet her wife for a dinner party on the Upper West Side when she was struck by a rider who blew through a red light

Banes was a prolific actress on stage and screen

The 65-year-old, from Los Angeles, was on her way to meet her wife for a dinner party on the Upper West Side when she was struck by a rider who blew through a red light 

Seth McFarlane, the creator of The Orville in which Banes appeared, also paid tribute to the actress.

He tweeted: ‘I 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.’  

Banes is best known for her role as Marybeth Elliott, the mother of Rosamund Pike’s character in Gone Girl, which also starred Ben Affleck.

She also appeared in 1980s blockbusters including Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, and Young Guns, with Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen.

Banes starred with Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, playing Marybeth Elliott

Banes starred with Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, playing Marybeth Elliott

Banes had since had recurring roles on The King of Queens, Six Feet Under and Nashville, as well as memorable guest roles on The Orville and Desperate Housewives. 

Banes also appeared in Broadway plays including ‘Present Laughter’ and ‘High Society.’

She scooped up a Theatre World Award in 1981 for the off-Broadway play ‘Look Back in Anger’ and an Obie in 1982 for her performance in ‘My Sister in This House.’ 

As the pandemic emptied the roads of traffic, many drivers began speeding dangerously. 

At least 243 people died in traffic crashes in New York City in 2020 — making it the deadliest year on record since Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his signature ‘Vision Zero’ plan to improve street safety in 2014.



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