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'Melrose Place' actress Amy Locane charged with vehicular homicide [Updated]

June 28, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Melrose-placeAmy Locane, the actress who played Sandy to Grant Show's Jake in the original cast of "Melrose Place," has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after a Sunday night crash in Montgomery, N.J., in which the passenger in the other car was killed.

Locane admitted to authorities that she'd been drinking wine before the crash, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.

Court documents allege Locane, 39, who was driving a Chevy Tahoe, struck the passenger side of a Mercury Milan as the other vehicle was turning into a driveway, the Star-Ledger says. Helene Seeman was pronounced dead at the scene; Fred Seeman was flown to a hospital and is in critical condition.

Bail has been set at $50,000; the mother of two also faces a charge of third-degree assault by auto. She reportedly rear-ended a car in Princeton shortly before the fatal crash, according to a prosecutor's statement.

Locane, who is married to liquor store owner Mark Bovenizer and goes by the married name Locane-Bovenizer, told police she'd had several of glasses of wine, the Star-Ledger says. Her blood was tested at a Princeton hospital after her arrest Sunday night. 

If convicted, she faces five to 10 years in prison.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Amy Locane, on the bottom step next to Grant Show. The original 1992 "Melrose Place" cast was, clockwise from top, Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Andrew Shue, Courtney-Thorne Smith, Locane, Show, Vanessa Williams and Doug Savant, in the center. Credit: Fox

[For the record, 4:22 p.m.: The photo caption in a previous version of this post failed to identify Doug Savant, sitting right there in the center. Fixed now, with thanks to commenter thomast for the catch. Updated 8:22 a.m., June 29: In an earlier version of this post, Helene Seeman's first name was given incorrectly as Helen. Thomas Calabro's first name was incorrectly given as Michael. The picture was taken in 1992; an earlier 1999 date referred to when the photo ran in print at the close of the series. Thanks to commenters Kate, Russ and Klaus.]

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