Anne Heche has been in critical condition for a short time after her vehicle crashed into a Los Angeles home on Friday, a spokesperson for the actor said.
Michael McConnell, a member of Los Angeles talent management firm Zero Gravity Management, which represents Heche, told Reuters the actor was still in a coma and connected to a breathing machine on Monday.
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McConnell also told the outlet that Heche, 53, had “significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery.”
Initial reports claimed the actor was in “stable” condition following the crash, but his spokesperson now says Heche became unconscious after being transported to an ambulance.
Heche was seen driving through Los Angeles in a blue Mini Cooper Clubman on Friday before crashing into a one-story house.
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Television video showed the car, badly damaged and burned, being towed out of the house, with a woman sitting on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.
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No other injuries were reported and no arrests were made.
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The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said in a statement that it took about 65 minutes for 59 firefighters to extinguish the “stubborn flames”.
According to celebrity news site TMZ, Heche had previously crashed into the garage of another nearby apartment building before fleeing the scene.
She is currently under investigation for misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run, LAPD officer Annie Hernandez told The News on Monday.
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Police obtained a warrant to retrieve a blood sample from Heche on the day of the crash, but are still awaiting the results, Les actualites reported.
Heche was unable to meet with investigators due to his injuries.
The house hit by Heche’s car was destroyed and marked red by the LAFD, meaning it was deemed unsafe for habitation.
Resident Lynne Mishele was at home at the time of the accident and was not injured. A GoFundMe page has been set up to “help Lynne start over.”
GoFundMe’s $100,000 goal was exceeded by more than $10,000.
Originally from Ohio, Heche first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera Another world from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.
— With files from The Associated Press.
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