In June 2001, Rebecca Gayheart modified the course of her life — and the lives of a younger boy’s household — when she was concerned in a deadly automobile accident. Gayheart was driving in Los Angeles when the vehicles forward all of the sudden stopped. The actor tried to go across the different autos and struck 9-year-old Jorge Cruz Jr., the Los Angeles Occasions reported. The following day, Cruz Jr. died from the accidents he sustained from the accident. Though it was decided that no medicine or alcohol was concerned, Gayheart was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, and Cruz Jr.’s dad and mom sued her for “negligence and wrongful demise.”
Gayheart pleaded no contest to the manslaughter cost. The actor acquired three years of probation, a $2,800 high-quality, and had her license suspended for one yr, per E! Information. She was additionally ordered to finish 750 hours of group service. Gayheart voluntarily paid for Cruz Jr.’s funeral service and hospital bills and provided to pay for his dad and mom’ grief counseling. Nonetheless, her punishment did not mitigate her guilt, and it took Gayheart virtually 20 years to lastly open up in regards to the tragedy.