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Amy Locane-Bovenizer of 'Melrose Place' indicted for aggravated manslaughter in alleged DUI case

December 17, 2010 |  2:31 pm

Amy Locane-Bovenizer in 2005 Amy Locane of the original "Melrose Place" -- married name Amy Locane-Bovenizer -- has been indicted in connection with an alleged drunken-driving accident in New Jersey that left a 60-year-old woman dead and her husband hospitalized in critical condition.

Originally charged with vehicular homicide, the actress could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the grand jury's stepped-up charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter. An original count of third-degree assault with an auto was included in the indictment.

Locane-Benziger first rear-ended a car in Princeton, a county prosecutor told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, then allegedly drove away when the other driver tried to call police. Around 9 p.m., her Chevy Tahoe struck the passenger side of a Mercury Milan driven by Fred Seeman as he was turning left into a driveway. Helene Seeman was pronounced dead on the scene; her husband suffered 10 broken ribs.

The 39-year-old mother of two told police she'd had wine the night of the June 27 accident in Montgomery, N.J. She's been free on $50,000 bail, and according to her attorney is likely due back in court in January.


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-- Chrsitie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Amy Locane in 2005. Credit: Getty Images