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.”