NEW YORK — A judge on Wednesday denounced New York City’s problems with electric and gas-powered bikes as the electric scooter driver who crashed into “Lost Girl” actress Lisa Banes was sentenced to one to three years in prison for manslaughter.
Brian Boyd, 27, was handcuffed after being sentenced in Manhattan state court by Judge Gregory Carro in connection with Banes’ death. In June 2021, Boyd’s scooter crashed into him while crossing a street in downtown Manhattan, and he died in hospital 10 days later.
Carro said Boyd ran a red light, hit Banes, and ran to a biker where he was drinking a beer.
The judge said the city had “problems” with mopeds and wanted unlicensed and unlicensed cyclists to know they could go to jail if they did harm.
Boyd said he was “extremely sorry” before Carro announced the sentence, which would amount to a year in prison.
The sentencing was consistent with an agreement Boyd signed before pleading guilty to manslaughter in September.
Banes was 65 years old. She has appeared in numerous stage productions, television shows and movies, including “Gone Girl” in 2014 and “Cocktail” in 1988. Sex” and “NCIS.”
His stage career has included Broadway appearances in the Neil Simon play “Rumors” in 1988, the musical “High Society” in 1998, and the Noel Coward play “Present Laughter” in 2010.
His wife, Kathryn Kranhold, a former contributor to the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, urged the judge to impose “a very substantial prison sentence” for Boyd. sweet plea deal.
While speaking at a pulpit, Banes described the panic he experienced when he failed to make it to dinner and saw his comatose wife on life support with bloody hair.
“At that moment my life stopped,” Kranhold said.
He described Banes as a “violent advocate of justice for all” who never shied away from grave problems and possessed an infectious “love of life” that cried when Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president.
But Boyd was “a danger to everyone in New York City, to anyone crossing the road,” Kranhold said, noting that Boyd didn’t help him after hitting Banes.
“He cared more about his bike,” Kranhold said.
Assistant District Attorney Erin LaFarge urged the judge to increase the sentence from three to nine years, saying that the terms of the plea bargain should be lifted for lying to a court officer after Boyd’s defense.
He said video footage of the accident showed Boyd accidentally got distracted by his phone and headphones as Banes was crossing the street, claiming he stopped to help him.
“This is all obviously wrong,” LaFarge said, adding that Boyd claimed weeks later that he didn’t know anything about it when the police found him. “He didn’t learn anything from this experience, and that’s a terrible thing.”