Moped driver sentenced in hit-and-run death of ‘Gone Girl’ actress Lisa Banes

The unlicensed moped driver who killed “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes in a hit-and-run last year was branded “a danger to anyone in New York City” by the victim’s wife on Wednesday — as a Manhattan judge sent him to prison for up to three years

Brian Boyd, 27, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the case in September, was sentenced to one-to-three years behind bars in the June 4, 2021 collision that left the popular 65-year-old actress mortally injured.

“Boyd is a danger to anyone in New York City,” Banes’ wife Kathryn Kranhold said during the hearing. “Anyone crossing the street with the right of way.”

She said “my life stopped” when Banes died after 10 days in a coma.

The actress had been on her way to meet her wife for dinner on the Upper West Side when she was hit at West 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

“When she didn’t show up for dinner at 6:30 I waited a few minutes,” Kranhold said in Manhattan Supreme Court. “My friends reassured me she was fine.

Brian Boyd was sentenced to 1-to-3 years in prison in the death of “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes on the Upper West Side last year.
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“I fled their apartment and I fled down Broadway. I panicked. I called her. I texted her,” she said. “Little did I know a block away she was being taken into an ambulance.”

Boyd, who did not have a license and was driving an unregistered moped, got back on the bike and fled the scene, authorities said.

“Lisa was lying on the ground with her head bleeding and he cared more about his bike,” Kranhold said. “We know he didn’t turn himself in… Lisa saw him coming at her but she couldn’t move fast enough — no one can move that fast.”

Lisa Banes (pictured at right) starred in "Gone Girl" alongside Ben Affleck.
Lisa Banes (pictured at right) starred in “Gone Girl” alongside Ben Affleck.

Lisa Banes (2nd from right) died after spending ten days in a coma.
Lisa Banes (2nd from right) died after spending ten days in a coma.

Boyd was arrested and charged in the fatal incident two months later.

In court Wednesday, he claimed he tried to slow down before the collision.

“I did beep my horn,” he told Justice Gregory Carro. “I did slow down.”

But the judge was having none of it.

Banes was remembered as a "beloved friend, family, and community member."
Banes was remembered as a “beloved friend, family, and community member.”
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“You know what? I’ll give you your plea back,” Carro snapped. “You want to go to trial?”

Boyd indicated he did not.

“He has not learned anything from this experience,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Erin LaFarge said. “And that is a terrifying thought.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg called the incident tragic.

“Lisa Banes was a beloved friend, family, and community member whose life was tragically cut short,” Bragg said in a statement. “New York City continues to mourn her loss with them and it is my sincere hope that her loved ones are able to heal and recover.”

Banes was best known for her role in “Gone Girl” alongside Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and also appeared in the 1998 Ton Cruise film “Cocktail.”

She was a former Broadway actress and graduate of The Julliard School in Manhattan.