In June, Fred and Helene Seeman, both 60, were pulling into their driveway in Montgomery, N.J., in June when a 2007 Chevy Tahoe driven by Locane sideswiped their 2010 Mercury Milan, prosecutors said. Mrs. Seeman was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband was airlifted to a hospital and later discharged.
Locane-Bovenizer, 38, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated because officers reported smelling alcohol on her breath and that they believed she was impaired. They said she admitted she had been drinking earlier that night. She was then charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by automobile following the crash.
On Thursday, Locane-Bovenizer was indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto. If convicted, she could face 10-30 years behind bars for the first charge, and 5-10 for the second.
Calls to her lawyer were not immediately returned, although the attorney, Blair Zwillman, expressed surprise to People that an aggravated manslaughter charge was included, saying: "I don't think it's appropriate. We are going to fiercely defend it."
Before the collision, Locane-Bovenizer was involved in a hit-and-run in Princeton in which she rear-ended another vehicle and fled the scene, prosecutors said. The victim followed the actress and witnessed her swerving and running over mailboxes, according to prosecutors.
"Ms. Locane was followed by ... individuals for nearly four miles at high speeds," Zwillman said. "The woman who followed her chased her right into the accident scene."