Brian Boyd was arrested Thursday for the hit-and-run killing of Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes. Boyd was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failure to yield to a pedestrian, according to police.
Boyd’s arrest was announced early Friday morning. Reports claim that patrol cops recognized Brian Boyd and made the arrest. He allegedly struck the actress with his red and black Fairthorpe motorcycle on June 4.
Lisa Banes’ tragic death occurred almost two months ago when she was hit by Boyd’s motorcycle. Banes was crossing Amsterdam Avenue on her way to Julliard School, her alma mater. She was treated for “substantial injuries” at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital before being pronounced dead on June 14, her manager David Williams said. Lisa Banes was 65 years old.
Police did not go into detail regarding Brian Boyd’s arrest. It wasn’t immediately clear if Boyd has legal representation. It was reported that the 26-year-old is a New Yorker who lives on the same corner where he accidentally struck Lisa Banes.
Witnesses claimed they saw Boyd driving an electric scooter or motorcycle at the time of the accident. They said he ran a red light at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street. Witnesses say Brian Boyd immediately fled the scene after striking Banes.
At the time of her death, the Julliard graduate received a lot of love and support from her fans and colleagues. Williams, her manager, said in a statement that “we are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing.”
He continued, explaining that “she was a woman of great spirit, kindness, and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family, and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives.”
The Julliard School released a statement via Instagram regarding Banes’ death. Lisa Banes was a passionate advocate for the school and was scheduled to visit its campus on the day she was hit. “The Juilliard community joins Drama Division Group 8 in mourning the loss of their classmate Lisa Banes (BFA 1979, drama)” the Instagram tribute read.
The post continued, saying that “Lisa was tragically injured on June 4 in a hit-and-run accident on the Upper West Side while visiting from Los Angeles. Our deepest sympathies are with her friends and family, and especially her wife, Kathryn Kranhold.”
According to her IMDB, Banes was an Ohio native known for her roles in Gone Girl and A Cure for Wellness. She also played opposite Tom Cruise in Cocktail. The successful actress also appeared on stage, co-starring in a production of “Look Back in Anger” with Malcolm McDowell. She also acted in Broadway productions such as “Rumors,” Arcadia,” and the short-lived musical “High Society.”
Lisa Banes also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Nashville, Once Upon a Time, and A Cure for Wellness. Her 2017 appearance in The Orville as Speria Balask won the heart of the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane. The comedian called her death a “tremendous loss.”
On social media, MacFarlane wrote a heartfelt tribute, saying that “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.”
Lisa Banes was married to Kathryn Kranhold, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. They lived together in Los Angeles.
“She was very, very friendly and very loyal to her friends.” Cynthia Crossen, Banes’ friend said in a statement. “If you made a friend with her, you made a friend for life. She was warm and generous and kind and beautiful and funny and the life of the party, but also sympathetic and empathetic.”