Manhattan, New York City’s Brian Boyd to be sentenced in ‘Gone Girl’ actress Lisa Banes’ death

Brian Boyd, 27, of the Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City pleaded guilty to manslaughter on September 28, 2022. He will be sentenced on November 30, 2022.

Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office had sought three to nine years. But after the guilty plea, Boyd is expected to be sentenced to only one to three years in prison.


On June 4, 2021, Boyd was caught on camera wearing a black tie-dye hooded sweatshirt heading north on Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th Street near Lincoln Center in New York City on a scooter. He was knocked off his scooter after blowing through a red light and slamming into Lisa Banes, 65, of California, USA, who was crossing Amsterdam Avenue.

While Banes was bleeding from the head and lying face down on the asphalt, Boyd stood up, picked up his scooter and walked over to take a look at her. Instead of helping her, he drove away and went directly to the Bolt Bike Shop near West 148th Street in Sugar Hill, New York City where he had the sideview mirror of his electric scooter repaired.

Suffering a traumatic brain injury, Banes was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in New York City. She died on June 14, 2021.

On August 5, 2021, Boyd was arrested at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses in the Upper West Side. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failure to yield to a pedestrian.


Banes was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA. She attended The Julliard School on Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City.

From 2010 to 2016, Banes played Ellen Collins in “Royal Pains.” She played Marybeth Elliott in “Gone Girl,” which hit theaters in the U.S. on October 3, 2014.

Written by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher, “Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon. The psychological thriller film was based on Flynn’s 2012 novel of the same name.

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