Former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was convicted Tuesday of vehicular homicide and assault by auto for a drunk driving accident in 2007. Bovenizer could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
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Locane-Bovenizer, who played Sandy Harling in the first season of the show, was charged with aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto for allegedly driving under the influence and causing the death of 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injuring the driver, her husband, Fred Seeman, in June 2010.
Police say Locane-Bovenizer had a blood alcohol level of 0.268 at the time of accident, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that Locane-Bovenizer was in a hit-and-run before the fatal accident. Somerset County Prosecutor Peter DeMarco said that when the driver of the car called the police, Locane-Bovenizer fled the scene in her 2007 Chevy Tahoe. The other driver followed her and told police she was "swerving and knocking down several mailboxes."
The Courier News reports officers responding to the fatal accident said Locane-Bovenizer appeared happy at the scene of the accident and even giggled.
“She said we were being overly dramatic,” said Montgomery New Jersey police Officer Wilkes.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger also reports that Locane-Bovenizer’s defense attorneys scrutinized the circumstances surrounding the accident, saying she was chased by the woman in the alleged hit-and-run. They also questioned why Locane-Bovenizer was not treated for a head injury after the accident.
Locane-Bovenizer also starred in movies such as "Cry-Baby," "School Ties" and "Airheads."