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Actress Amy Locane Laughing After Causing Fatal Car Crash


MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- No Laughing Matter” –Moments after her Chevy Tahoe struck a car killing a New Jersey woman, actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer appeared jovial and giggling according to a police officer who testified in court Monday.

Montgomery police officer William Wilkes said the "Melrose Place" star thought police, and emergency personnel were “being overly dramatic.”

“I said, ‘The reason I’m making such a big deal is because you were just in a severe two-car collision,’ ” Wilkes said.

Locane-Bovenizer is charged with aggravated manslaughter stemming from the death of 60-year-old Helene Seeman.

Wilkes' testimony came during a hearing to determine whether statements Locane-Bovenizer made shortly after the June 27, 2010 fatal crash would be admissible in her trial.

During his testimony, Wilkes said Locane-Bovenizer rambled continuously and sometimes incoherently in the hours following the crash. He also recounted a point at which Locane-Bovenizer urinated in her hospital bed and seemed to be unaware of what had just occurred.

“After they had taken a blood sample, at some point she said, ‘Am I pregnant or am I just drunk?’ ” Wilkes said in response to questions from Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy.

Prosecutors allege the 39-year-old actress who lives in New Jersey was drunk and speeding when her SUV smashed into Seeman’s Mercury Milan driven by her husband.

Wilkes will be cross-examined by Locane-Bovenizer’s attorney Tuesday as the so-called Miranda hearing continues.

Wilkes, a seven-year department veteran, said he was the second officer to arrive at the scene after responding to the 9:16 p.m. call. Shortly after he pulled up, he found Fred Seeman, Helene’s husband, leaning on the tire of the Chevrolet Tahoe and complaining of rib pain, he said.

Locane-Bovenizer remains free on $50,000 bail.

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