Man pleads guilty in the hit-and-run death of ‘Gone Girl’ actor Lisa Banes

A woman with short blond hair posing in a dark collared shirt
Actor Lisa Banes was fatally struck by a man riding an electric scooter last year in New York City.
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The man charged with fatally striking “Gone Girl” actor Lisa Banes with an electric scooter last year pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday and is expected to be sentenced to one to three years in prison.

Brian Boyd, 27, will be sentenced Nov. 30 in the death of Banes, who was hit by the scooter Boyd was operating as she crossed a New York City street on June 4, 2021.

Banes was hospitalized and died on July 14 at age 65. She had appeared in movies including “Cocktail” in 1988 and “Gone Girl” in 2014 and on TV shows including “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex” and “NCIS.”


‘Gone Girl’ actor Lisa Banes has died 10 days after being injured in a hit-and-run accident in New York.

June 15, 2021

Boyd, who fled after crashing into Banes, was arrested weeks later. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting,

The sentence promised to Boyd was less than the three to nine years that prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office had sought.

“Brian Boyd drove recklessly with no regard for pedestrians, fatally striking a beloved actress and New Yorker before speeding off to avoid accountability,” Manhattan Dist. Atty. Alvin Bragg said in a statement. “Lisa Banes will be remembered for her contributions to the rich fabric of New York City through her roles on screen and on Broadway. I offer her friends, family, and the many who loved her during her decades-long career my deepest condolences.”

Boyd’s attorney said she had no comment.

New York police say a 26-year-old man has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of actor Lisa Banes, who appeared in the movie ‘Gone Girl.’

Aug. 6, 2021