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New Jersey drunk driving accidents involve actress, cop

An actress who grew up in Trenton and went on to star in TV series and movies is planning an appeal of her vehicular homicide conviction in a drunk driving case, according to reports.

An original cast member of the 1990s hit "Melrose Place," she was arrested after she crashed her SUV into a car, killing a 60-year-old New Jersey woman and seriously injuring the woman's husband.

The 2010 drunk driving crash happened as the couple was pulling their vehicle into the driveway of their Montgomery County home.

The actress has reportedly tried to blame the crash on the actions of a third driver, who was pursuing her after a rear-end collision.

That driver testified she was chasing the actress after she had rear-ended her car and drove off.

At trial, the actress didn't deny driving while intoxicated, but argued that she wasn't responsible for the actions that caused the fatal crash.

In an unrelated matter, a State Police detective was charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle following a birthday party for the Newark police director.

The detective apparently slammed his vehicle through a concrete wall in the accident. Unlike the crash involving the actress, no one was killed or injured.

Obviously, the potential for tragedy is high when any driver is going fast enough and is impaired enough to run into and through a concrete wall.

In cases in which people are injured by the reckless actions of an intoxicated driver, they should speak with an experienced attorney about full, fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and other damages.

Source:, "'Melrose Place' actress seeks new trial," Jan. 16, 2013

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