Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was charged this week in a drunken driving motor vehicle accident that killed a New Jersey woman. The 39-year-old former star rammed her car into the side of a car driven by Fred Seeman, 60, as he was pulling into the driveway of his Princeton, New Jersey home. Seeman’s wife, noted art historian Helene Seeman, died at the scene from catastrophic injuries. Seeman was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of incapacitating personal injuries. Just minutes before the accident, Locane-Bovenizer had rear-ended another vehicle. Read more on car accidents here.
The actress admitted to police investigators that she had drunk several glasses of wine that evening. Police charged Locane-Bovenizer with vehicular homicide and second- and third-degree assault by auto. If convicted, the mother of two could spend 5 to 10 years in state prison.
The tragic car accident that occurred in New Jersey this week earned national headlines due to the celebrity of the driver involved. But Philadelphia personal injury attorneys point out that it is a scenario played out on the streets of Philadelphia every day. Every 45 minutes someone in America dies at the hands of an alcohol-impaired driver. Last year, drunk drivers killed nearly 12,000 people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A third of all U.S. traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers. In Pennsylvania, drunk drivers killed nearly 600 people in 2008, accounting for 39% of all traffic-related fatalities.
As we move into the holiday weekend, The Pearce Law Firm reminds Philadelphia revelers to stay safe and designate a driver. If you suffer serious personal injuries in a car accident, consult an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.