The US actress Anne Heche (“Ally McBeal”, “Six Days, Seven Nights”, “Men in Trees”) has been in critical condition since a car accident in Los Angeles on Friday. A spokeswoman for the 53-year-old said on Monday (local time) that she fell into a coma shortly after the accident, including the broadcaster CNN and the newspaper “Los Angeles Times”.
She has a significant lung injury that requires mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. The police are investigating driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and hit and run, it said, citing a police spokeswoman in the reports. For this purpose, the police obtained a search warrant and a blood test on the day of the incident.
After the accident: large-scale deployment of the fire brigade
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the accident occurred on Friday in the Mar Vista district. The vehicle crashed into a house at high speed and only came to a stop after almost ten meters. A fire also broke out. In video showing dramatic scenes from the scene of the accident, an LAFD spokesman said 59 firefighters were on duty to put out the blaze. A person who was in the back of the house was therefore unharmed.
According to eyewitness reports, Heche first rammed a garage wall in the residential area and drove off at high speed before smashing into the apartment building, TMZ.com reported.
A mother of two, Heche is known for roles in films such as Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog and Volcano. TV viewers know her from series like “Ally McBeal” and “Nip/Tuck”. Her marriage to cinematographer Coley Laffoon ended in divorce in 2009. Prior to her marriage, Heche dated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at times.