By Carol Tannenhauser
Charges were upgraded Monday against Brian Boyd, the electric scooter driver who allegedly ran a red light on Amsterdam Avenue on June 4th, striking actress Lisa Banes in the West 64th Street crosswalk, then fled. Banes suffered a traumatic brain injury and died 10 days later.
Boyd, 26, was arrested in August in the lobby of his apartment building, just steps from where the crash occurred, by patrol officers who recognized him from a wanted poster. He was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield to a pedestrian, but a Manhattan Supreme Court judge upped the charges, indicting Boyd for reckless manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, failure to exercise due care and failure to yield. Those charges carry a minimum penalty of one to three years, and a maximum of 15 years. Boyd pleaded not guilty.
Surveillance tape captured the incident. “After the crash knocked Boyd off his bike, he stood up, picked up his scooter, and walked a few steps to look at Banes, who was lying face down on the asphalt bleeding from the head, prosecutors said, citing surveillance footage from the scene,” the Daily News reported. “Boyd then rode away, leaving Banes wounded in the street, prosecutors said. According to the original criminal complaint, Boyd went straight to a bike shop about 4 miles from the crash scene to tend to his damaged vehicle.”
WSR tried, repeatedly but unsuccessfully, to identify and locate Boyd’s attorney for a statement.
Perhaps best known for her roles in the movies “Gone Girl” and “Cocktail,” Banes, 65, also made many television and theater appearances. She was visiting New York City from Los Angeles when she was killed, and had reportedly stopped off to see her alma mater, Juilliard, at nearby Lincoln Center, before heading to meet friends for dinner.