Rep Claims That After Hitting A House With A Car, Actress Anne Heche Is In A Coma
Days after colliding with a Los Angeles home in her car and setting both ablaze, rep claims that after hitting a house with a car, actress Anne Heche is in a coma.
According to Michael McConnell, a Heche spokesperson, "She has a substantial lung damage needing artificial breathing and burns that require surgical attention." She has not awakened since immediately after the accident and is currently in a coma.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that an automobile collided with a house in the Mar Vista area on Friday about 10:55 a.m., starting a "major fire." 53-year-old Heche was extricated from the Mini Cooper and sent to the hospital.
The fire service reports that it took 59 firemen 65 minutes to put out the serious damage-causing incident. Despite being in the house at the time of the collision, a lady was unharmed.
The woman, who "lost her whole lifetime of things," according to the fundraiser statement, has a GoFundMe page set up for her.
Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokesman for the LAPD, confirmed to The Washington Post that the LAPD is looking into the circumstances of the collision, including the potential that Heche may have been driving while intoxicated.
The day of the incident, an arrest order for the actress's blood was acquired, according to Eisenman. Heche has not been charged with any crimes as of early Tuesday.
A request for comment from The Post was not immediately answered by Heche's reps.
After beginning to feature on the serial opera "Another World" in the 1980s, Heche's acting career took off. She then acted in movies including "Donnie Brasco" and "Six Days Seven Nights."
Beginning in the late 1990s, she had a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three and a half years that received a lot of media attention.
Heche purchased a wig at a salon in Venice just before the collision on Friday about 10:35 a.m., according to Richard Glass, the salon's owner, who also stated that she appeared to be sober and in high spirits. He shared a picture of Heche grinning on Instagram.
Heche reportedly struck an apartment building's carport that morning, according to TMZ.
Though the clip isn't time-stamped, the media site claims it captures her ripping off following the incident in the video.
According to CBSLA and TMZ, surveillance video from 10:53 a.m. that day shows Heche's blue Mini Cooper racing through Mar Vista moments before colliding with the home.
A automobile sped by David Manpearl's window on Friday morning while he was working at his desk, according to Manpearl, a neighbor of the demolished house.
A collision was then heard shortly after. Manpearl told the Times that when he fled his home and rushed down the street, he noticed that his neighbor's automobile had crashed through the front of the building and was now stuck in the rear wall.
He informed the newspaper that after entering, he saw a barefoot resident pleading for assistance with her cats in the center of her kitchen.
Manpearl said that he assisted the resident of the house in fleeing the scene and attempted to assist Heche.
"She couldn't move because the ceiling had broken down, so there was all kinds of debris everywhere," he claimed.
"Fire started to spread everywhere at that time. We were surrounded by it, Manpearl told the Times.
The smoke was thickening as it had moved from the automobile to the home. In the end, I had to leave the house for my own safety since I continued waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.
Heche was taken to the hospital with serious wounds, and according to CBSLA, the destroyed blue Mini Cooper was subsequently dragged from the residence.
Heche has been in the hospital since last Friday, when she collided with a house in Los Angeles' Mar Vista area, setting both her car and the house on fire.
Heche's publicist issued a statement on Saturday stating that the actor was "in stable health."