Anne Heche is expected to “make it through” after a fiery car accident in California, according to her ex-boyfriend.
Heche, 53, was reportedly intubated and remains in critical condition after she rammed her blue Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles garage on Friday, then backed up and drove off before slamming into another house.
The car exploded after the second crash and Heche – who was reportedly badly burned – was later seen swinging on a stretcher after first responders rescued her from the wrecked vehicle.
Ex-boyfriend Thomas Jane, an actor who dated Heche in 2020, told the Daily mail she is expected to make it.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation. Thank God no one else was hurt,” Jane said in a statement.
A neighbor who saw the speed of Heche’s car run to the crime scene after the crash, he told the Daily Mail, and helped the homeowner get herself and her pets out of the burning structure.
He then went to help Heche, who was crammed between the driver’s seat and an airbag.
“I tried talking to her a few times to ask if she was okay, but she didn’t respond, so I had to get closer,” David Manpearl said. “I was able to open the back door of the car and crawled in halfway through. When I asked her this time if she was okay, she said no.”
Manpearl exited the car as the flames overtook him.
“I was sure the driver was dead,” he said. ‘That she was burned out. It took at least 30 minutes for firefighters to put out the flames, get the car out and pull her out of the car.”
It took nearly 60 firefighters just over an hour to extinguish the blaze and rescue Heche from the burned and wrecked car in the Mar Vista area of LA. The house she hit was destroyed.
A disheveled-looking Heche was pictured at the wheel of her car after the initial crash, when bystanders apparently tried to stop her from driving. A photo showed a container with a red cap on it that appeared to be a vodka bottle.
“We really had a multifaceted incident here,” said LAFD Capt. Erik Scott after the crash. “We had a significant traffic collision, we had a woman trapped in it, we had a car that caught fire, and then we had a house with a big fire with a red label. It has been destroyed at this point.”
Heche, who has admitted to using drugs and alcohol in the past, famously dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. After their relationship ended, a shocked and disoriented Heche drove to Fresno and knocked on a stranger’s door. She was hospitalized for a short time after the incident.
Heche has said in previous interviews that she was abused by her father, Don Heche, from the time she was a toddler until the age of 12. Don Heche died of AIDS in 1983 and Anne has said he led a double life as a closet gay.
Heche’s brother Nathan died three months after their father’s death in a car accident, which Anne believed was suicide.