Los Angeles, California — Actress Anne Heche fell into a coma and is in critical condition after her car crashed into a Los Angeles home, a spokesperson said Monday.
Initial reports said Heche was in stable condition after Friday’s crash and firefighters described her as speaking to her rescuers after being pulled from the wreckage.
But a spokesperson for the actress said on Monday: “Despite previous reports that Heche was stable, shortly after the accident Anne Heche lost consciousness, fell into a coma and is in critical condition. .She suffers from a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns.” that require surgery.”
Police tested Heche for drugs and alcohol after the accident, a source confirmed to Eyewitness News. Due to his condition, a warrant was obtained to test Heche’s blood for substances, according to the source. Such action is usually taken when investigating a suspected DUI accident, especially when the driver is unable to speak.
The authorities have not received the results of the laboratory work.
The crash was reported shortly before 11 a.m. Friday at a two-story house on the 1800 block of South Walgrove Avenue in the Mar Vista neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The car crashed into the house and started a fire.
Video obtained by Eyewitness News shows Heche’s badly damaged and burnt-out Mini Cooper being towed out of the house.
According to Captain Erik Scott of the LAFD, firefighters arrived at the house to find a serious fire.
“When we arrived on the scene, we had a solo vehicle that appeared to be speeding down a perpendicular street and launched across the front yard, into the house,” Scott said. “So deep…about 30 feet in.”
Scott said Heche – who has been officially identified as the driver behind the wheel – was trapped inside the car as flames from the vehicle began to spread to the house.
“She was talking to us by the time we were able to get her out, so that’s a good sign,” Scott said.
Meanwhile, a video that has gone viral shows what appears to be Heche’s Mini Cooper crashing into a garage door at an apartment complex half a mile west of Mar Vista’s home.
The woman who lived in the house was not injured, but neighbors say she lost everything to the fire caused by the accident. A GoFundMe page has been created to help.
A witness told ABC News the car stopped two feet from where she was sitting.
Police say an investigation is underway into “hit-and-run incidents” that occurred before the Mar Vista crash. No arrests were made.
Her friend and podcast partner Heather Duffy Boylston released a statement on Saturday that read in part, “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect her privacy during this difficult time.”
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