SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A former "Melrose Place" actress charged in a fatal auto accident two years ago was being chased by another driver, her attorney told jurors on the first day of her manslaughter trial Thursday.
A prosecutor countered that Amy Locane-Bovenizer was intoxicated at the time and that caused the crash that killed Helene Seeman and injured her husband, Fred.
Locane-Bovenizer, 40, is charged with aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto and faces up to 30 years in prison if she is convicted.
Attorney Blair Zwillman told a Somerville jury that Locane-Bovenizer was pursued for 4 miles by a woman whose car she had rear-ended, The Star-Ledger reported. He said the woman honked her horn and flashed her lights, causing Locane-Bovenizer to drive nearly 20 mph over the speed limit on narrow country roads.