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Anne Heche Is In A Coma And Remains In 'Critical Condition' After Crashing Into Los Angeles Home, Rep Says
The home's tenant Lynne Mishele had been at home when the vehicle driven by Anne Heche plowed into the house, coming to rest nearly 30 feet inside the property, before becoming engulfed in flames.
Actress Anne Heche slipped into a coma and remains in critical condition after her car plowed into a Los Angeles home Friday and quickly engulfed in flames, according to her representative.
"Despite previous reports that Heche was stable, shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition,” the 53-year-old’s representative told KABC Monday. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention."
Heche was pulled from the wreckage Friday after nearly 60 firefighters worked for more than an hour to access the “heavily damaged structure” and battle “heavy fire” to safely extract her, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Heche had been driving through the Mar Vista neighborhood around 10:55 a.m. Friday morning when she seemingly lost control of the vehicle.
“The vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed, entered an intersection and ran off the road and collided with the residence,” Los Angeles Police Office Annie Hernandez told Oxygen.com Monday.
Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott told KABC Heche’s Mini Cooper “launched through the front yard” and into the home where it rested “so deep” it was about 30 feet inside the structure before catching on fire.
Shawn Holley, an attorney for the home’s tenant Lynne Mishele, told Oxygen.com that Mishele had been home at the time of the crash but was uninjured. Her animals were also “miraculously” not hurt in the blaze.
After the crash, Hernandez told The Los Angeles Times that authorities obtained a warrant for Heche’s blood at the hospital to determine whether she had been under the influence at the time of the crash. The toxicology results were still pending.
Police are investigating Heche for possible driving under the influence and hit-and-run, the outlet reports.
Surveillance footage obtained by TMZ allegedly showed a blue Mini Cooper barreling down an alleyway and almost striking a pedestrian shortly before the crash. The vehicle was also reportedly captured on surveillance footage driving into a garage before allegedly leaving the scene before Heche drove into the house.
Neighbor David Manpearl heard the loud crash and ran to the home where he helped Mishele—who had been standing in what was left of the kitchen of the property—rescue her animals.
“She couldn’t move because the ceiling had come down, so there was all kinds of debris everywhere,” he told the paper.
After helping Mishele flee the property, Manpearl turned his attention to the trapped driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Heche.
“It got to a point where there was fire everywhere. It was all around us,” he said. “It had spread from the car to the house and the smoke was getting thick. I kept hoping that the fire department was there, but it hadn’t come yet, and eventually I had to leave the house for my own safety.”
Jennifer Durand, who owned the property for 24 years, described to People the moment that she learned the home had been destroyed.
“Lynne called me and asked me if I was sitting down, and then told me a car had crashed through the home and it was on fire,” she said. “She could barely speak so it took a few minutes to really understand what was happening.”
After receiving the news, Durand rushed to the property.
“When I arrived, we hugged and cried a lot. In that moment, I was just so relieved and grateful that she and her animals had survived this,” Durand said. “Nothing could have prepared me for what the house looks like.”
Holley said in a statement to KABC that Mishele is still processing what occurred.
“Ms. Mishele is devastated by what happened to her on Friday—not only because she and her pets almost lost their lives, but because all of her property, including items of profound sentimental value, were destroyed,” Holley said. “She asks for privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
Just before the crash, Richard Glass, a Venice, California salon owner told The Los Angeles Times that Heche had been buying a red wig inside Glass Hair Design, a salon less than two miles from the crash site.
Glass said at the time Heche didn’t appear to be intoxicated and had happily posed for pictures with him as he rang up her purchase.
He described her as “a sweet little girl” and “very pleasant.”
Actor Thomas Jane, who had once dated Heche, called the news of the crash “tragic” and said it was “devastating to me and all who love her,” NBC News reports.
“My heart goes out to Anne and her two sons,” he said, describing her as a “one of the true talents of her generation.”
James Tupper, who met Heche on the set of “Men in Trees” and shares a 13-year-old son with the actress also took to Instagram to share a photo of Heche and their son, Atlas.
“Thoughts and prayers for this lovely woman, actress and mother tonight,” he wrote, along with a broken heart emoji.
Along with her acting credits for films like "Six Days, Seven Nights" "Wag the Dog" and "Donnie Brasco," Heche gained notoriety in the late 1990s for her romance with comedian Ellen DeGeneres.