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MAR VISTA, Calif. . — An eyewitness of Anne Heche’s accident in Los Angeles shared details on the crash with Fox News Digital on Saturday.
The witness, Lynne Bernstein, detailed the crash as “horrific” and said he could “hardly breathe” when trying to assist Heche out of the blue Mini Cooper she was driving.
“The smoke was just getting way too intense, we could hardly breathe,” Bernstein said. “The smoke was making it difficult to see.”
Bernstein said that he and his wife witnessed a car going down their street at a “high rate of speed” before his wife heard Heche’s car crash into their neighbor’s house.
Bernstein noted that his neighbor, Dave, asked Heche if she was alright and she responded that she was not. The Los Angeles Fire Department arrived on the scene, asked the neighbors if anyone was in the house and they alerted the first responders that a woman was inside.
The tenant of the house exited her home from a side room and was “shocked” by what had happened. “Get out of my house,” the tenant told the group of people outside her home before she realized a car had struck her home.
Dave took the tenant’s two dogs to his home. Bernstein noted that the tenant was “perfectly fine, thank God” following the explosive crash.
Bernstein shared with Fox News Digital that Heche was “conscious” but he did not know how “coherent” she was following the crash.
Heche crashed a vehicle into a Mar Vista, California, home, Friday, igniting a fire, and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, according to emergency responders.
A resident was present at the time of the accident at the home and escaped injury. Heche, however, sustained burn injuries and was “conscious and breathing” when she was placed on a stretcher.
A second witness spoke with Fox News Digital outside the homeowners home where the damage from the crash is clearly seen.
The crash “scared the entire neighborhood,” Yaroslav Borets told Fox News Digital. “Something we will remember for a longtime.” Borets noted that his neighborhood is “not the kind neighborhood that knows everyone next door.”
“This is generally a safe place,” he said, explaining that this type of accident doesn’t often occur in the Mar Vista neighborhood.
A third witness spoke with Fox News Digital on Saturday and expressed that she was “worried” to arrive back to her neighborhood to see the street blocked off because her young child was at home.
“It was scary because my baby was home,” Sarah Bixler Pierce said as she held her young baby. “It was kind of chaos. There was an ambulance, the fire had been extinguished at this point.”
Pierce shared that she spoke with a firefighter on the scene that said a woman “had driven her car at like 100 mph through the trees and into that house.”
She noted that the firefighter told her Heche was “delirious” when they extracted her from the vehicle.
Brian Humphrey, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department, told Fox News Digital the person involved in the accidents was transferred to a hospital in critical condition.
The Los Angeles Fire Department shared a statement saying the vehicle had a single occupant when it rammed into a two-story home built in 1952.
“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure and rescued one female adult found within the vehicle who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition,” the statement said.
No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to FOX 11.