NEW YORK — A judge on Wednesday condemned New York City’s problems with electric and gas bikes when he sentenced the electric scooter rider who crashed into “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes to one to three years in prison on his manslaughter conviction.
Brian Boyd, 27, was taken away in handcuffs after Judge Gregory Carro ruled in the death of Banes in a Manhattan state court. She was struck by the scooter Boyd was operating while crossing a street in Midtown Manhattan in June 2021 and died in a hospital 10 days later.
Carro said Boyd ran a red light, hit Banes and fled to a bike shop where he had a beer.
The judge said the city has “a problem” with the motorized bikes and he wants riders of unregistered and unlicensed bikes to know they can go to jail if they cause damage.
Before Carro announced the sentence, which will require a year behind bars, Boyd said he was “extremely sorry”.
The verdict was in line with an agreement Boyd signed before pleading guilty to manslaughter in September.
Banes was 65. She had appeared in numerous stage productions, television shows and films, including Gone Girl in 2014 and Cocktail in 1988. On television she had roles in Nashville, Madam Secretary, Masters of Sex ‘ and ‘NCIS’.
Her stage career has included Broadway performances in the Neil Simon play Rumors in 1988, the musical High Society in 1998 and the Noel Coward play Present Laughter in 2010.
Her wife, Kathryn Kranhold, a former staffer at the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, asked the judge to give Boyd a “very significant sentence,” which she said was willing to change from a “very substantial sentence.” to benefit sweet plea deal.”
Speaking at a lectern, she described her panic when Banes didn’t show up for dinner and when she saw her comatose wife with bloodied hair on life support.
“At that moment, my life stopped,” said Kranhold.
She described Banes as a “fierce defender of justice for all” with an infectious “love of life” who never shied away from tough issues and who cried when Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president.
However, Boyd was “a danger to everyone in New York City, to everyone who crosses the street,” Kranhold said, noting Boyd didn’t help Banes after he hit her.
“He cared more about his bike,” Kranhold said.
Assistant District Attorney Erin LaFarge asked the judge to increase the sentence to three to nine years and said the terms of the plea should be removed because Boyd lied to a court official after his plea.
She said video footage of the accident showed Boyd falsely claiming Banes was distracted by her phone and headphones as she crossed the street and that he stopped to help her.
“All of this is demonstrably false,” LaFarge said, adding that Boyd claimed he knew nothing about it when police found him weeks later. “He didn’t learn anything from that experience, and that’s a scary thing.”