Cop: Melrose Place Actress Giggled After Fatal Crash

Amy Locane-Bovenizer's drunken behavior described at 'Miranda' hearing

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 12, 2011 9:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – It wasn’t a funny story, but a former Melrose Place actress apparently couldn’t stop laughing after she hit a car and fatally injured a 60-year-old woman in June 2010, the Courier News reports. At least that was the testimony given by New Jersey cop William Wilkes, called to recount the drunken behavior of 39-year-old actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer—who cops say was intoxicated and speeding when her SUV hit a sedan being driven by Fred and Helene Seeman. Charged with aggravated manslaughter, yesterday’s Miranda hearing was to decide whether her statements made to police can be used during her trial for Helene Seeman’s death, and Wilkes did not paint a pretty picture of the actress’ crash.

“She said we were being overly dramatic,” Wilkes said. As an emergency medical team tried to put Locane-Bovenizer in a neck brace, she asked why they were making “such a big deal.” Wilkes responded, “The reason I’m making such a big deal is because you were just in a severe two-car collision.” Immediately following the crash, Locane-Bovenizer sat in a ditch, appeared happy, and was giggling, Wilkes testified. In her incoherent ramblings, she admitted to having four glasses of wine and a beer, and also urinated in her hospital bed. Clearly confused about the day’s events, Locane-Bovenizer asked Wilkes, “I’m sorry, am I getting a DWI?” “After they had taken a blood sample, at some point she said, ‘Am I pregnant or am I just drunk?’ ” Wilkes testified.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer starred in the 1990s hit series, Melrose Place.   (Police mugshot)
Actress Amy Locane arrives at the Gen-Art Fall 2005 LA Fashion Week Kick Off Party on March 14, 2005.   (Getty Images)
Actress Amy Locane arrives at the Gen-Art Fall 2005 LA Fashion Week Kick Off Party on March 14, 2005.   (Getty Images)
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