A spokesperson says that actress Anne Heche has gone into a coma and is still in “very serious condition” after her car crashed into a house in Los Angeles and set both the house and the car on fire.
According to Michael McConnell, a Heche spokesperson, “She has a substantial lung injury needing artificial ventilation and burns that require surgical attention.” Since right after the accident, she hasn’t woken up, and she is now in a coma.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that an automobile collided with a house in the Mar Vista area on Friday at about 10:55 a.m., starting a “major fire.” The 53-year-old Heche was extricated from the Mini Cooper and sent to the hospital.
The fire service reports that it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to put out the serious damage-causing incident.
Despite being in the house at the time of the collision, the woman was unharmed, according to CNN. The woman, who “lost her entire lifetime of things,” according to the fundraiser statement, has a GoFundMe page set up for her.
Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokesman for the LAPD, confirmed to The Washington Post that the LAPD is looking into the circumstances of the collision, including the potential that Heche may have been driving while intoxicated. On the day of the incident, an arrest warrant for the actress’s blood was acquired, according to Eisenman. Heche had not been charged with any crimes as of early Tuesday.
A request for comment from The Post was not immediately answered by Heche’s reps.
After beginning to feature on the soap opera “Another World” in the 1980s, Heche’s acting career took off. She then starred in several movies, including “Donnie Brasco” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” Beginning in the late 1990s, she had a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three and a half years that received a lot of media attention.