On Friday, Anne Heche was involved in a tragic double car crash in L.A. First, she slammed her car into the garage of an apartment complex. Then, she tore off, speeding through the residential streets of Mar Vista, running a stop sign, and driving her blue Mini Cooper right into Lynne Mishele’s home, igniting a huge fire. Lynne, her dogs, and her pet turtle managed to escape, but Anne was trapped in her car. It took 59 firefighters over an hour to extinguish the flames and get her out. 53-year-old Anne suffered severe burns and remains in the hospital. A source told CNN she “has a long recovery ahead.” As details of the accident roll in, it’s becoming more and more shocking that no one else was hurt.
Resident Lynne Mishele’s neighbor, Lynne Bernstein, tells People that Lynne is “extremely fortunate” to have survived the accident with no injuries. “So were the dogs and turtle.”:
Bernstein adds that Mishele “was in shock” before she even noticed the vehicle, as she saw him and two other neighbors inside her house trying to help everyone get out safely. “I don’t think she got what was going on. She said, ‘What happened? What happened?’ ” he recalls.
According to Bernstein, Heche’s vehicle drove “almost all the way through” the house and “almost immediately” caught fire. The Los Angeles Fire Department told PEOPLE that the accident caused “structural compromise” and “heavy fire” to the one-story home.
Lynne lost the home she rents and most of her belongings, and homeowners John and Jennifer Durand have launched a GoFundMe to help their tenant with her losses. They write:
“Lynne lives with her beautiful pups Bree and Rueban, and tortoise Marley in the Mar Vista home that was destroyed this week by a car driving into the home at a high rate of speed, catching the house on fire,” the Durands wrote with the campaign. “Lynne and her family very narrowly escaped physical harm, and for that we are very, very grateful.”
They noted that the Los Angeles Fire Department “immediately red-tagged” the house and Mishele lost an “entire lifetime of possessions, mementos, all equipment for her business including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and basic necessities, and all household items.”
“With firefighters’ help, she was able to pull a few damaged sentimental belongings from the wreckage. Everything else is gone,” they added.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that authorities got a warrant to test Anne’s blood for drugs and alcohol. Apparently, the results could take weeks to come back, but authorities suspect that Anne was intoxicated. TMZ says that “at the very least, the LAPD will refer the case to the L.A. City Attorney for possible hit-and-run charges.” In a photo taken right before the second wreck, there appears to be a bottle of alcohol in Anne’s cupholder. In a podcast episode recorded earlier in the week, Anne was drinking vodka and wine and slurring her words. The podcast was released the same day as the crash but was later taken down.
But wait, there’s more: TMZ has new footage of Anne almost hitting a female pedestrian:
Yikes. The fact that she didn’t hit the brakes or veer to avoid a collision… not good. TMZ writes that after that near-miss, Anne’s car reportedly struck a Jaguar. Luckily, that driver was also not hurt. Siri, cue up, Myra’s “Miracles Happen (When You Believe)” from the Princess Diaries soundtrack.
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