By Carol Tannenhauser
On Monday, over “objections from prosecutors” and “infuriating her loved ones,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro sentenced Brian Boyd, the 27-year-old Upper West Side man who killed Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes in a hit-and-run collision in June 2021, to 1 to 3 years in prison, according to the Daily News.
Banes, who lived in Los Angeles, had been coming from Juilliard, her alma mater, on her way to meet friends for dinner, when Boyd blew through a red light on Amsterdam Avenue and W. 64th Street and hit Banes, 65, who was in the crosswalk. According to the Daily News, “Surveillance video shows him fall off his unregistered electric scooter [he was also unlicensed], dust himself off, take a few steps to look at the actress on the ground covered in blood, and take off. He left to get his bike fixed in Harlem, where he was captured on video popping open a beer with his teeth.”
According to the Rag, “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 guilty to lesser charges — manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident — in September, 2022.
On Monday, Boyd “attempted to claim in court — contrary to his September guilty pleas for manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident — that he had not acted recklessly,” The New York Times reported. “Judge Carro reminded Mr. Boyd that after finding and leaving Ms. Banes lying face down and bleeding on the pavement, he immediately drove four miles north to a Harlem shop that repaired his electric scooter while he drank a Heineken beer.
“’You know what? I’ll give you your plea back,’ Judge Carro said. ‘You want to go to trial?’
“Mr. Boyd said that he did not.”
Banes died in Mt. Sinai Morningside hospital of severe head trauma 10 days after she was struck. “In her victim-impact statement, [her] wife, Kathryn Kranhold, told the judge that Boyd’s actions showed that he cared more about his broken bike than her dying spouse,” the Daily News reported.
Banes’ death shocked the neighborhood, as did the more recent moped incident, also occuring near Lincoln Center, which gravely injured Pamela Greitzer-Manasse.