NYC Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Death of Actor Lisa Banes

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the hit-and-run incident that killed American actor Lisa Banes, almost two months after her death.

Brian Boyd was arrested on August 5 in New York and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, New York City Police confirmed in a press release.

On June 4, Banes was struck by what was thought to be a scooter or motorcycle while crossing the road at West 64th and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City. She was on route to meet her wife Kathryn Kranhold at a dinner party near Lincoln Center when the tragedy took place.

The driver reportedly drove through a red light when Bane had the right of way. The motorcycle or scooter he was driving did not have a license plate. After hitting 65-year-old Banes, he continued to drive on.

Banes was in a critical condition and taken to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital with a "traumatic brain injury."

She died from her injuries 10 days later on June 14.

Banes' manager, David Williams, confirmed the news of her death in a statement that read: "We are heartsick over Lisa's tragic and senseless passing."

"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."

Banes is survived by her wife Kranhold, who posted a touching tribute on Twitter the day following her death.

She posted a picture of Banes and another picture of them together, alongside the words: "My Lisa. Our #lisabanes Our huge loss."

My Lisa. Our #lisabanes Our huge loss.

— Kathryn Kranhold (@kkranhold) June 15, 2021

Banes, a graduate of Julliard, was best known for playing Marybeth Elliot, the mother of Amy Elliot (Rosamund Pike) in the 2014 film Gone Girl.

She also achieved fame as Bonnie in the Tom Cruise film Cocktail.

Her other well-known film credits include Freedom Writers, A Cure for Wellness, and Pumpkin.

Throughout her career, she appeared in more than 80 films and television roles as well as having a successful career on Broadway.

On television, Banes appeared in episodes of China Beach; Murder, She Wrote; The Practice; NYPD Blue; Desperate Housewives; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; The Good Wife; NCIS; and Once Upon a Time.

From 2010 until 2016, she played the role of Ellen Collins on Royal Pains.

Shortly before her death, she appeared in an episode of Amazon Prime's horror anthology series Them as Esther Haber.

Following the news of her death on June 14, fans of Banes and faces from the performing world took to social media to pay tribute

Seth MacFarlane, who starred alongside Banes in The Orville, tweeted: "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. A tremendous loss..."

"I Kissed A Girl" singer-songwriter Jill Sobule shared a photograph of the pair, penning alongside the post: "Just busted. Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted—always helped me through the hard times," she shared. "She was so beloved by so many."

Dynasty actor Kevin Conroy tweeted: "When Lisa entered a room or walked onto a stage she brought electricity. Such a beautiful, unique, talented woman. Life is so brief."

Lisa Banes
Lisa Banes July 9, 1955 – June 14, 2021. Mike Pont/FilmMagic