Scooter Driver Suspected of Killing Lisa Banes Indicted with Additional Charges

Lisa Banes

Lisa Banes – photo by  T. Charles Erickson via The Huntington on Flickr

Brian Boyd, the 26-year-old man who was arrested in August for causing the death of actress Lisa Banes in June, was indicted in New York Supreme Court on Monday with three new charges.

Boyd was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failure to yield to a pedestrian. He’s now facing additional charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide, and failure of a driver to exercise due care. Boyd pleaded not guilty.


Boyd is currently being held with a bail amount of $30,000, while also being ordered not to operate any motorized vehicles.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The incident took place on June 4. After Boyd reportedly passed through a red light at 64th and Amsterdam Avenue and struck Banes while on a motorized scooter, the 65-year-old actress was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead ten days later.

Police said that Banes had the right of way, and that Boyd did not stop after striking her.

On June 16, local leaders held a press conference on the street where the tragedy took place to promote new legislation designed to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident while operating a motorized scooter. The bills are currently being reviewed.

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