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Anne Heche on life support, ‘not expected’ to survive injuries suffered in car crash

Anne Heche is on life support after suffering a brain injury in a fiery crash a week ago and her survival is not expected, according to a statement from a representative.

The actor — who is in a coma and in critical condition — is being kept on life support for possible organ donation, according to the statement released Thursday night on behalf of her family and friends.

Heche — who’s been hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital north of Los Angeles — suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury,” the statement said.

Such an injury is caused by a sustained lack of oxygen to the brain.

“She is not expected to survive,” the statement said.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

On the morning of August 5, Heche’s car smashed into a house in a neighborhood in west Los Angeles and a fire erupted, with the car embedded inside the home.

Earlier on Thursday, local time, police said they were investigating Heche for driving under the influence.

Detectives with a search warrant took a sample of her blood and found narcotics in her system, LAPD spokesperson Officer Jeff Lee said.

Toxicology tests — which can take weeks to complete — must be performed to identify the drugs more clearly and to differentiate them from any medication she may have been given for treatment at the hospital.

Evidence is still being gathered from the crash, police said, and they would present a case to prosecutors if it is warranted when the investigation is complete.

A representative for Heche declined comment on the investigation.

Ellen Degeneres cocks her head to the side and looks at Anne Heche as Heche smiles
Anne Heche (right) had a high-profile relationship with Ellen Degeneres in the late 1990s. (AFP: Hector Mata)

On Tuesday, Heche spokesperson Heather Duffy Boylston said her client had been in a coma since after the accident, with burns that required surgery and lung injuries that required the use of a ventilator to breathe.

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love,” Thursday’s statement said.

“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

Heche, 53, was among the most-prominent film stars in Hollywood in the late 1990s, playing opposite actors including Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) and Harrison Ford (Six Days, Seven Nights).

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 heightened her fame and brought immense public scrutiny.

In a 2001 memoir, she discussed her lifelong struggles with mental health.

She recently had recurring roles on the TV series Chicago PD and All Rise and, in 2020, was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.




Family of man killed in Easter Monday crash tell Adelaide District Court of heartbreak

The family of a “kind and generous” father killed by a drunk driver has told an Adelaide court they will never forgive the “selfish” man responsible.

Campbell Henderson, of Mount Barker, pleaded guilty to causing the fatal Easter Monday crash at Brukunga in 2021, by dangerous driving.

The 29-year-old was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit and was driving almost 40 kilometers an hour over the speed limit when he lost control of his ute and crashed into a tree.

His passenger Nick Peart, 39, died at the scene.

The crash was just meters from the houses of the men, who were neighbours.

Mr Peart’s high school sweetheart and partner of 26 years — Elaine Revi-Peart — told the District Court her husband had paid the “ultimate price” for trusting a friend.

A headshot of victim Nick Peart
Crash victim Nick Peart was a husband and father of three.(Supplied)

“I feel I have been condemned to loneliness for the rest of my life,” she told the court in her victim impact statement.

“We tried to be there at any and every way we could, this desire to help the defendant and willingness to trust them that was the major contributor… that led to my husband’s abrupt death.

“I think it’s important to state how good of a man the world has lost on that Easter Monday.

“He was non-judgmental, kind, tolerant, generous.

“I know the defendant made a choice to drive, and as far as I’m concerned he deserves to suffer any and all of the consequences that are coming to him.”

Children want drunk driver jailed

The court heard Mr Peart and Henderson were neighbors and had become friends – Mr Peart’s children even referred to him as an uncle.

The three children provided artwork to Judge Joana Fuller and told her they missed their dad and “hate” Henderson for taking him away from them.

One said he wanted to give Henderson “a knuckle sandwich”, Mr Peart’s daughter said she wanted to see him “leave in handcuffs and prison clothes”.

“I have lost my dad, my role model, best friend, hero and a piece of my heart, soul and joy,” his daughter told the court.

“I love and miss you Dad”.

The court heard the “staunch environmentalist” had planted more than one million trees as part of his conservation and regeneration work.

Mr Peart’s mother, Wendy, told the court she was living a nightmare following the “senseless loss” of her firstborn child.

“We’ve all seen reports of road deaths on the television and felt sorry for the loss of that person and feel sad for the family,” she told the court.

“But until it happened to us never could I have imagined the utter heartbreak it would inflict on all of our lives.”

A man wearing a suit and tie walks beside an older woman wearing a black and white dress, holding her hand
Campbell Henderson leaves the Mt Barker Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing.(ABC News: Gabriella Marchant)

Henderson apologized for the “irreparable damage” he had caused to the family and friends of his best friend.

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him and the suffering that I have caused his family,” he said.

“It is not fair that my actions have placed his family in this position.

“All I can say is I am sorry for what I have done and if there is any way I could trade places with Nick I would.”

Henderson’s lawyer James Marcus told the court his client made an “exceptionally stupid” decision to drive that day while drunk and that it was “out of character behaviour.”

Mr Marcus told the court Henderson spent weeks in hospital after the crash, had suffered ongoing physical and mental health issues and had a limited memory of the crash.

The court heard Henderson had no criminal history and was likely to be deported to the United Kingdom upon his release from prison.

His lawyer asked for Henderson to be spared jail and serve his sentence on home detention which the prosecution opposed.

Henderson will be sentenced next month.



Lawsuit filed by Kobe Bryant’s widow over graphic crash photos to be heard by LA jury

A lawsuit filed by the widow of NBA star Kobe Bryant over photos taken of his body immediately after his death will begin Wednesday US time in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the city’s fire department for invasion of privacy, seeking unspecified millions in compensation for pictures taken of the basketballer’s body that were circulated after he was killed in a helicopter crash with their daughter and seven others in 2020 .

Mrs Bryant claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes, and shared them with firefighters who responded to the crash scene. The lawsuit says a deputy showed the photos to bar patrons and a firefighter showed them to off-duty colleagues.

“Mrs Bryant feels ill at the thought that sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and members of the public have gawked at gratuitous images of her deceased husband and child,” according to the lawsuit.

“She lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online.”

Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and other parents and players were flying to a girls’ basketball tournament when their chartered helicopter crashed in the Calabasas hills, west of Los Angeles, in fog.

Federal safety officials later blamed pilot error for the wreck.

A zoomed-in photo shows firefighters in yellow hi-vis uniforms working next to smoking wreckage on a tree-lined hillside.
Firefighters at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter and seven others, in January 2020.(AP Photo: Mark J Terrill)

Mrs Bryant has also sued the helicopter charter company and the deceased pilot’s estate.

The county has argued that Mrs Bryant has suffered emotional distress from the deaths, not the photos, which were ordered deleted by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

It said the photos have never been in the media, on the internet nor otherwise publicly disseminated, and the lawsuit is speculative about harm she might suffer.



Plane crashes into pickup truck on 91 Freeway in Corona, bursts into flames

CROWN, Calif. (KABC) — A single-engine airplane crashed into a pickup truck on the 91 Freeway in Corona and then burst into flames, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol began receiving reports of a plane crash just after 12:30 pm on Tuesday.

The incident happened along the eastbound lanes at Lincoln Avenue.

WATCH | Surveillance video shows plane crash-landing on 91 Freeway in Corona

CHP officials said there were two people on the plane and three in the truck. Thankfully, everyone was able to walk away unharmed.

The single-engine Piper Cherokee aircraft erupted into flames following the crash, but firefighters put the blaze out quickly.

The pilot said the crash may have been caused by possible engine failure during the plane’s final descent into Corona Municipal Airport. The exact cause has not yet been determined.

Authorities say it could have been much worse if the crash occurred during rush hour.

“Absolutely very fortunate today. The traffic was light, and the pilot appears to have made some good landing navigations and avoided what could have been a very bad tragedy,” said CHP Capt. Levi Miller.

The two right lanes on the eastbound 91 and the Lincoln on-ramp were closed and expected to remain shut down through much of the afternoon rush. Drivers in the area were urged to seek an alternate route as authorities cleared the scene.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the following statement:

“An unidentified small plane landed on the eastbound 91 Freeway near Interstate 15 in Corona, Calif., around 12:30 local time today. Two people were on board. The FAA will investigate. The agency does not identify people involved in aircraft accidents or incidents.”

WATCH | AIR7 HD over the scene of the plane crash

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Traveling Nurse Nicole Linton Charged With Six Counts of Murder After High Speed ​​Windsor Hills Crash

A traveling Texas nurse is facing multiple murder charges after running a red light and crashing into traffic while allegedly driving 90 mph in Windsor Hills, California.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced on Monday that Nicole Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter for the multi-car crash, which left six people dead and Linton facing a 90-year prison sentence if convicted of all the charges.

Police say Linton was driving at high speed in a Mercedes on Thursday when she sped through a red light at the intersection of La Brea and Slauson avenues. Multiple vehicles were hit and three of them were engulfed by flames in what authorities dubbed “a fiery wreck.”

Linton, from Houston, is a traveling nurse who was working in Los Angeles when the crash occurred. Authorities are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Killed in the crash were Asherey Ryan, 23, who was more than 8 months pregnant, her 11-month-old baby, Alonzo Quintero, and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester. The couple were en route to a doctor’s appointment when the crash happened.

Two other women, who have yet to be identified, were killed in another vehicle.

Six other vehicles were involved in the collision, including five people with minor injuries in an SUV and another driver in another vehicle.

Linton, 37, was seen in tears and in a wheelchair during her first court appearance at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Monday. Her brows were furrowed as tears streamed down her face, her left arm wrapped in a brace. She agreed as a judge denied her attorney’s request for a $300,000 bail.

“Today, we begin the process of holding accountable the person responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman, and their families,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement.

The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.



2 killed, 2 injured in overnight Sacramento crash, police say

2 killed, 2 injured in overnight Sacramento crash, police say


2 killed, 2 injured in overnight Sacramento crash, police say

Two people died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash overnight in Sacramento, authorities said.Video player above: Top Stories from Aug. 7, 2022The crash happened on Sunday around 12:48 am at the intersection of Garden Highway and Northgate Boulevard, the Sacramento Police Department said in a release. Fire crews at the scene said a man and woman of one vehicle died at the scene. Two others from the second vehicle were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. It’s unclear what led up to the crash. This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

Two people died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash overnight in Sacramento, authorities said.

  • Video player above: Top Stories from Aug. 7, 2022

The crash happened on Sunday around 12:48 am at the intersection of Garden Highway and Northgate Boulevard, the Sacramento Police Department said in a release.

Fire crews at the scene said a man and woman of one vehicle died at the scene. Two others from the second vehicle were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

It’s unclear what led up to the crash.

This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.



Helicopter sighted by NSW police about an hour before Snowy Mountains crash, report reveals

An initial search to find a helicopter that later crashed in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains was called off after the pilot made contact with authorities, a preliminary report has been found.

The Bell 206 Longranger L-4 was one of seven helicopters traveling on a flying tour from Canberra to Mangalore in Victoria on April 3, when it crashed killing the pilot and passenger.

The helicopter’s pilot was high-profile businessman and Barbeques Galore company director Peter Richard Woodland, 75, and the passenger was his 64-year-old partner.

The helicopter had earlier become separated from the group, with a preliminary report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) revealing an initial search had been called off.

“During their flights, the occupants of the other helicopters in the tour encountered deteriorating cloud and visibility conditions and landed on a property near Wee Jasper,” the report stated.

“When [the Longranger] did not arrive, authorities were notified and commenced a search for the helicopter.”

A map showing a helicopter flight path from Canberra to Long Plain road
The helicopters departed from Majura, north of Canberra, on April 3.(Supplied: ATSB website)

Flight path changes

The organizer of the flying tour had initially recommended that the flights track north of the planned route due to the weather conditions and refuel at Wagga Wagga.

The report revealed that Mr Woodland had instead continued further south before landing safely near Long Plain Road in the Brindabella region about 11:30am.

“With the help of a passing motorist, the pilot of the Longranger was able to reach mobile reception and contact other members of the tour group,” ATSB Transport Safety director Stuart Macleod said.

“[Then] the search was called off.”

Recorded flight data showed the Longranger helicopter took off again nearly three-and-a half hours later at 2:53pm.

A map showing a flight path of a helicopter before a crash
The helicopter’s flight path from Long Plain Rd to the accident site.(Supplied: ATSB website)

“Police officers dispatched to locate the helicopter as part of the earlier search arrived at the site just after it took off,” Mr Macleod said.

“[They] observed the helicopter depart to the south at a low level, in overcast conditions with low cloud and light rain.”

Less than an hour later, the helicopter had crashed, claiming the lives of Mr Woodland and his partner.

Flight data revealed

Recorded flight data showed the helicopter initially progressed south at an altitude of less than 500 feet to follow lower lying terrain.

At 3:04pm, the helicopter turned north-west and started on a direct path towards Tumut.

But two minutes later it encountered higher terrain and was forced to turn around and head south again.

At 3:17pm, the helicopter turned north and started to climb to 7,000ft above sea level.

“After reaching 7,400ft, the helicopter commenced a steep left-descending turn,” the report stated.

“During the turn, the ground speed increased to 134 knots and the descent rate exceeded 3,800ft per minute.

“At 3:26pm, the aircraft impacted terrain at an elevation of 4,501ft.”

This impact destroyed the helicopter and killed both occupants.

When the helicopter failed to arrive at Mangalore as expected on Monday morning, April 4, a second search commenced.

Emergency services did not find the wreckage from the crash in Kosciuszko National Park until 11:55pm that day.

A hill with investigators searching the grass
The wreckage was found near Kiandra in the NSW Snowy Mountains.(ABC Riverina: Shannon Corvo)

The report showed that the engine was still running when the crash occurred.

“On-site examination indicated that the engine was providing power at impact,” the report said.

“There was no evidence of an in-flight break-up or a pre-existing defect with the drive train or flight controls.”

The helicopter collided with terrain between two rock formations in an area of ​​tussock grass near Kiandra.

Pilot with 837 flying hours

Mr Woodland had “about 837 hours of aeronautical experience” at the time of the crash, according to the report.

He owned the Longranger helicopter involved in the incident, and also held a private pilot license.

“The pilot’s total flying experience on the Bell 206 was about 532 hours of which about 355 were in the L-4 variant,” the report stated.

“And the remainder [was] in the B-3 variant.”

A bald man wearing a white shirt
Peter Woodland was a high-profile Sydney businessman.

Mr Woodland was from Terrey Hills in the northern suburbs of Sydney and was also the managing director at Interfab, a sheet-metal manufacturer.

The ATSB will continue the investigation into the incident and a final report will be released once it concludes.

“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken,” the report said.

A police van on a highway in the snowy mountains
The crash occurred on April 3.(ABC Riverina: Shannon Corvo)



4 Dead After Golf Cart, SUV Crash in Southeast Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Four people riding in a golf cart were killed — including two juveniles — when an allegedly intoxicated man driving an SUV ran a stop sign at an intersection in Southeast Texas, police said.

Miguel Espinoza, 45, has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the crash about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Galveston, roughly 50 miles southeast of Houston, police said.

Espinoza was being held in Galveston County jail Sunday on a $400,000 bond, police said. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Investigators believe that after the SUV failed to stop, it struck the golf cart that had six people aboard and a pickup truck, police said. Police Sgt. Derek Gaspard said the golf cart and pickup were traveling in opposite directions through the intersection on a street that did not have a stop sign.

Police said the adult driver of the golf cart was pronounced dead at the scene while a woman and two juveniles on the golf cart were taken to a hospital, where they died. The two other passengers — an adult and a juvenile — were hospitalized Sunday in critical condition, police said.

Espinoza, who lives in Galveston, and his passenger had minor injuries, police said. They were taken to the hospital and later released.

Gaspard said the occupants of the pickup were not injured. Names and ages of the dead weren’t immediately released.



Actor Anne Heche in hospital after car crashes into Los Angeles house, starts fire

Actor Anne Heche has been hospitalized after a crash in which her car smashed into a house and flames erupted, according to a friend.

“Anne is currently in a stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche’s friend and podcast partner, said in a statement.

Earlier reports suggested Heche was in hospital in a critical condition.

Heche’s speeding car came to a T-shaped intersection and ran off the road and into the house in the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles’ westside shortly before 11am Friday, Los Angeles police officer Tony Im said.

The car came to a stop inside the two-storey house and started a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to put out, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

The LAFD reported that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was rescued after being critically injured in the crash.


Television news video showed a blue Mini Cooper Clubman, badly damaged and burned, being towed out of the home, with a woman sitting up on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.

No other injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made. Police are investigating.


A native of Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the US soap opera Another World from 1987 to 1991.

She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.

In the late 1990s, she became one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget films.

She co-starred with Johnny Depp in 1997’s Donnie Brasco; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997’s Volcano; with Harrison Ford in 1998’s Six Days, Seven Nights; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998’s Return to Paradise, and with an ensemble cast in the original 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 heightened her fame and brought immense public scrutiny.

Ellen Degeneres cocks her head to the side and looks at Anne Heche as Heche smiles
Anne Heche (right) had a high-profile relationship with Ellen Degeneres in the late 1990s. (AFP: Hector Mata)

In the fall of 2000, soon after the two broke up, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on the door of a stranger in a rural area near Fresno, California.

Authorities said she had appeared shaken and disoriented, speaking incoherently to the residents.

In a memoir released the following year, Call Me Crazy, Heche talked about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to camera operator Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009.

The two had a son together.

She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star on the TV series Men In Trees.

He has worked consistently in smaller films, on Broadway, and TV shows in the past two decades.

She recently had recurring roles on the network series Chicago PD and All Rise, and in 2020 was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.

Better Together, the podcast hosted by Heche and Duffy Boylston, is described online as a celebration of friendship.




Nets being considered to stop runaway trucks on the South Eastern Freeway after latest crash

South Australia’s Transport Minister says the state government is looking at deploying nets to catch runaway trucks traveling down the South Eastern Freeway.

After a crash at the bottom of the freeway that nine injured people last month, safety concerns will be on the agenda when transport ministers from around the country meet today.

Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) was working around the clock to come up with a way to make the road through the Adelaide Hills safer.

“The idea of ​​nets has been considered, but of course when you deploy a net it’s out of action for a while afterward and you could have another event,” he said.

“There is infrastructure available like that but it is extensive and damaging.

“The department is working overtime trying to work out how we can actually make sure that if we have a runaway truck what can we actually do.”

A man in a suit standing behind microphones with a road overpass behind him
Transport Tom Koutsantonis met with freight industry representatives earlier this week.(ABC News: Shari Hams)

Other options also being considered

The South Eastern Freeway descends from the Adelaide Hills suburb of Crafers to where it ends at the intersection of Cross, Glen Osmond and Portrush roads.

Several crashes have occurred at the intersection, including some that have involved fatalities.

An allegedly unlicensed Queensland truck driver was charged with multiple offenses over the latest crash on July 24.

Other options that Mr Koutsantonis said were being considered included taking over CB radios to warn drivers about the steep descent, more signs, point-to-point cameras, forcing trucks into arrester beds, real-time brake monitoring and forcing heavy vehicles into a slow lane.

A freeway lane with a net over it
A Dragnet truck net on an arrester bed in the US state of Connecticut.(Impact Absorption)

But he said better training for truck drivers was probably the best solution.

However, he said it would not stop the 1 in 100,000 irresponsible drivers, who could be targeted with more prosecutions.

“We are working towards fixing the one who does break the law, but of course the consequences of the one person who doesn’t follow the law is catastrophic,” he said.

“We’re talking about trucks that are over 10 tonnes heading down at 110kph towards parked cars at the intersection of Cross Road and the South Eastern Freeway and it was a miracle no-one died two weeks ago.”

Hard spot for arrester beds

Soon after the crash, DIT chief executive Jon Whelan told a parliamentary committee a third emergency truck arrester bed at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway was being considered.

“It has to meet the standards and it has to meet the design protocols for that to occur as well,” he said.

An arrester bed at the same location was considered after the 2014 double-fatal crash but in 2015 the Labor government said it had looked at nine locations but none were feasible.

“None of those are practical and none of those achieve the sorts of safety benefits that we’ve got with the two existing safety ramps,” then-transport minister Stephen Mullighan said.

A truck on a gravel path near a freeway
A truck on an arrester bed on the South Eastern Freeway in 2014.(abcnews)

The Royal Automobile Association of South Australia suggested a “dragnet type arrester system” in a report from 2020, along with another arrester bed.

The former Liberal government scrapped its proposed GlobeLink project to divert road and rail freight around the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills in 2020.

A smaller $12 million freight route upgrade opened last month, while a bypass around Truro has received funding.