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Amy Locane, Melrose Place Alum, Charged in DUI Death

By AD Lynn |

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Today’s Amy Locane DUI news is too sad, too tragic, to joke about. Here are the facts: Amy Locane, a  mom and actress who starred in the original Melrose Place in 1992, was involved in a hit-and-run on Sunday night. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Locane admitted to the cops that she’d had several glases of wine  before the crash. One New Jersey woman died as a result of the incident. Writes the paper:

“Around 9 p.m., the former ‘Melrose Place’ actress was driving a 2007 Chevy Tahoe north on Cherry Hill Road in Montgomery when she struck the passenger side of a 2010 Mercury Milan as it was turning into a driveway, court papers said. Helene Seeman was pronounced dead the scene. Fred Seeman, who was driving, was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he is listed in critical condition this afternoon.”

For those of you too old or too young, the name Amy Locane won’t mean much. But for those of us who were coming out of college and getting our own apartments for the first time in the early ’90s, Melrose Place was a touchstone, and its original residents, including Locane, felt like family. Today, it’s Locane’s family, and the family of Helene Seeman that I’m thinking about. 

Locane, who lives in Hopewell, NJ with her husband, liquor-store owner and volunteer firefighter Mark Bovenizer, and their two kids, could face five-to-ten years in prison if convicted. Though she acted in a number of films post-Melrose (remember Airheads?), her current gig is closer to home. She’s been starring in the play Miss Connections at a local theater in Hopewell. 

After her and Bovenizer’s first child, Paige, was born in 2007, she told People’s Moms & Babies, “I’m lucky enough that I can actually take a break from the rat race and focus on being the best mom and wife I can be. I’ve learned it’s not about being famous and big money. L.A. can be a fun place, but when it comes down to it — and this might sound hokey — there’s no place like home. Here, I can go to the local corn stand and get fresh corn and wave to my neighbors and host play dates with my friends at my house. It’s simple living but it’s really relaxing and fun. And I’m happier than I ever have been.”

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6 thoughts on “Amy Locane, Melrose Place Alum, Charged in DUI Death

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  2. Rachel says:

    She’s been charged with SECOND-DEGREE vehicular manslaughter. That only carries a sentence of one year, not 5-10 as your article suggests. Likely because, from what I understand, the driver of the other car turned in front of her to pull into his driveway so was partially at fault.

  3. withdrawn says:

    my friend was the one who she first hit…then followed her to try to stop her, and witnessed her swerve back and forth, and eventually hit the car turning into their driveway. Amy could not form a complete sentence… still think the other diver she hurt and killed had any fault?

  4. Bob says:

    It’s MURDER plain and simple and she should be prosecuted for murder. I spent some time with the grieving family last night and all I can think of was how this reckless piece of garbage destroyed the lives of so many because she wanted to get buzzed on alcohol (and what ever else she had in her system) and then decided to get behind the wheel of her truck. Her actions started the chain of events that ended with a loss of an innocent life. She is solely responsible. The woman she killed was a warm, generous and loving mom, wife and a friend to many.

  5. kristina says:

    I am a criminal defense attorney and she is looking at 5 to 10 year prison sentence with an 85% having to be served because it is a DUI related charge. Rachel I do not know where you got that a second degree charge is only 1 year. 4th degree is 18 months to 3 years, 3rd degree is 3 to 5 years, 2nd degree is 5 to 10 years, and 1st degree is 10 years to life. if she was in fact above the legal limit of .08% then she will likely get 5 years with 85% being mandatory parole ineligibe

  6. Roobie says:

    Too bad for all parties involved. Even Amy’s kids and husband will suffer for life! Alcohol abuse is on the rise folks. And depending on her bartender, if she had one, is also responsible. I used to be a bartender for over 20 years. Or shall I say, I survived it. I too, used to drink and drive. Now I’m sober and found my rock, God. I’m lucky, this never happened to me. But one night, I came close. A desperate Thai bartender slipped something in my drink. I had 2 sips and blacked out. I hit someone’s car, a fender bender. But all I could remember was the next morning, those words. “YOU HIT SOMEONE!” My heart fell and I thought of suicide. I could not live with myself if I had killed someone! Period! Weather the bartender put something in my drink or not. I was responsible, period! That’s when I sobered up, right after that incident! I preach to kids today. If you even think about having a drink, make sure that those car keys are NOT going to be in your hands PERIOD! Stay home if you must drink. Not at a bar, a friends,etc. But at home! Because when you start drinking, you DON’T THINK! It’s like a baby in a candy store! God Bless everybody involved!

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