Amy Locane, "Melrose Place" Actress, Charged with Vehicular Homicide
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (CBS/AP) Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane is being held on a $50,000 bond after police say she collided with another car while driving drunk, killing the passenger and critically injuring the driver.
And, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor A. Peter DeMarco Jr., the fatal accident wasn't her first of the night.
Police say that Locane-Bovenizer, who changed her name after getting married in 2008, was driving drunk Sunday night when she smashed her SUV into the passenger side of a sedan as it was turning into a driveway in Montgomery Township, N.J., about 10 miles north of Princeton. The driver, Fred Seeman, was hospitalized in critical condition; his wife Helene died at the scene.
DeMarco said responding officers smelled alcohol and reported that the "Melrose Place" actress's eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and her speech was slurred. She was arrested and transferred to University Medical Center in Princeton, where her blood was tested, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
A witness told police that just prior to the incident Locane-Bovenizer was involved in a hit-and-run in Princeton. That witness told police that the "Cry Baby" actress rear-ended a car at a Princeton intersection several miles from the fatal crash site. The witness said that when they tried to call police, Locane-Bovenizer got back in her SUV and drove away, the Star-Ledger reported.
The other driver followed her telling police that she was "swerving and knocking down several mailboxes" just before the fatal crash.
Locane-Bovenizer allegedly admitted to police later Sunday evening that she had downed several glasses of wine prior to driving, according to the paper.
Locane-Bovenizer, who has two young children with her husband Mark, a wine specialist, now faces charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. She could get at least 10 years in prison if convicted.