Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed Lisa Banes, the prolific 65-year-old actor best known for her role in “Gone Girl.”
Brian Boyd, a 26-year-old Upper West Side resident, was arrested on Thursday and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and failure to yield to a pedestrian.
Banes was struck by the operator of a scooter while crossing Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th Street on June 4th. Police said she had a walk sign and was in the crosswalk when she was knocked to the ground by the scooter driver, who did not stop.
Banes was hospitalized with severe injuries and pronounced dead 10 days later. Her death prompted local elected officials to call for legislation that increases penalties for scooter drivers involved in collisions.
“Scooters have become a part of New York’s transportation infrastructure. Our laws need to catch up with the times,” State Senator Brad Hoylman said during the press conference. “If you hurt someone with a scooter and you flee the scene, you must be held accountable, the same accountability as if you were driving a car.”
Both pedestrian fatalities and hit-and-run crashes are up on city streets this year. Police have made arrests in less than a quarter of fatal or near-fatal hit-and-run crashes.
A Los Angeles native, Banes studied at Julliard in Manhattan and appeared in several Broadway and Off Broadway productions, eventually moving on to film and TV. She made appearances in “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex,” “NCIS” and “Cocktail,” before playing Rosamund Pike’s mother in the 2014 blockbuster Gone Girl.