6 Celebrities Involved In Fatal Car Accidents
4. Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart accidentally hit and killed a boy with her car. This happened back in 2001. She had been driving around Los Angeles when some cars stopped to let 9-year-old Jorge Cruz Jr. jaywalk across a street. Instead of stopping, she reportedly swerved around traffic into a two-way-left-turn lane and hit the boy. He died a day later from his injuries. She pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to three years’ probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours of community service. The family filed a wrongful death suit against her, citing her negligence as the cause of Jorge’s death, which she settled in 2002.
After the accident, Gayheart suffered emotionally. She had trouble sleeping and eating. “I just got to a point where I realized I needed help. I got into therapy. I’ve been in therapy since then. It’s really been helpful,” she said.
3. Vince Neil
Motley Crue lead vocalist Vince Neil was involved in a fatal accident back in 1984. He had been partying with members of the band Hanoi Rocks when he and the band’s drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley decided to drive to a liquor store. During the drive, Neil, who was drunk at the time, lost control of his vehicle and hit an oncoming car. The two occupants of the other car were seriously injured, suffering brain damage, and Razzle was killed.
Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was well over the legal limit of 0.10. In 1986, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years probation, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims’ families and 200 hours of community service. He was released from jail after only 15 days for his good behavior and he spent the remainder of his sentence in rehab.