Two years ago, Melrose Place star Amy Locane-Bovenizer was driving drunk in Montgomery Township, NJ when she slammed into another vehicle.
The accident ended the life of 60-year-old Helene Seeman. Her husband, Fred Seeman, was severely injured.
Actress Caused Two Accidents in One Night
Shortly before the deadly accident, the actress rear-ended another vehicle. The driver, Maureen Ruckelshaus, noticed that Locane-Bovenizer was clearly intoxicated and reportedly tried to get her to turn off her vehicle. Instead, Locane-Bovenizer drove on, Ruckelshaus following behind.
“I knew how drunk she was,” Ruckelshaus testified. “My reaction was, ‘Oh my God, I have to figure out a way to get her to pull over.’”
Unfortunately, Locane-Bovenizer drove on, speeding up to approximately 50 mph before hitting a car that was turning in front of her.
The defense team for Locane-Bovenizer tried to lay most of the blame on Ruckelshaus, claiming that she scared Locane-Bovenizer, making her speed away and causing the accident. They also asserted that the husband of the deceased woman was partly to blame, given that witnesses stated that he made a slow turn in front of the actress.
Jurors Hand Down Conviction
While Locane-Bovenizer was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter, she was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter. The charge means a five to 10 year prison sentence for the actress, 85 percent of which is to be completed without parole.
Our South Jersey car accident attorneys would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Seeman. We hope that the verdict brings you some sense of closure.