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Amy Locane, the actress who starred opposite Johnny Depp in the 1990 film Cry-Baby, has been charged with killing a woman in a drunk driving accident. The tragic event took place on Sunday in Montgomery, New Jersey, just fifteen minutes from Locane's residence in Hopewell. Locane, 38, told police she'd had "several glasses of wine" before getting behind the wheel and driving her SUV into the passenger side of another car. The woman in the passenger seat was killed, while her husband, who was driving, was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition. To make things worse, Locane must have known she was in no condition to drive: prior to the deadly accident, Locane had rear-ended another car and fled the scene, "swerving and knocking down several mailboxes," according to a witness. Police on the scene said her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcohol. Thanks to her reckless behavior, Locane is being charged with second-degree vehicular homocide and third-degree assault by automobile.
Although Amy Locane isn't a household name, she's recognizable from a series of notable roles in the '90s. In addition to Cry-Baby, she starred in the cult classic Airheads with Brendan Fraser and the star-studded prep school drama Schoool Ties. Generation X-ers may best remember her from the first season of Melrose Place, in which she played struggling actress and local waitress Sandy. Locane quit film acting almost entirely after September 11, and retired to her home state to raise a family. Locane has two young children (born in 2007 and 2009) with her firefighter husband (they were photographed by People.com in 2007). If convicted of the charges, she'll face 5-10 years in state prison, 85% of that term without parole. That means she may not get out of jail until her 3-year-old is a teenager.
The whole story is a terrible, and preventable, tragedy. Something to keep in mind the next time you see a tipsy friend pick up their car keys.
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