Rebecca Gayheart: I Was Suicidal After Killing That Boy | Wireler
Actress Rebecca Gayheart is reflecting on a tragic occasion from her previous.
On The Only One within the Room podcast, Gayheart opened up concerning the June 13, 2001 automobile accident that resulted within the dying of a 9-year-old boy, Jorge Cruz Jr.
“I had a very terrible accident happen,” she defined.
“A 9-year-old child died. And you know, everything changed from that, and I still have trouble talking about it.”
Rebecca defined the occasion, telling host Laura Cathcart that she was driving when a automobile in entrance of her hit the brakes.
To keep away from hitting the automobile, Rebecca panicked and swerved round it.
“If a car in front of you hits their brakes and they stop, you don’t go around them to avoid hitting them,” she suggested, reflecting on her personal mistake.
“You hit them because there’s a reason they’re stopping.”
“I couldn’t see that reason, but that is something that everyone should know,” she stated.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 actress famous that Cruz was crossing the road to chase after his soccer ball when she by accident struck him.
She was not on medicine or underneath the affect.
Cruz died from the accidents sustained the next day and Gayheart paid the household $10,000 for funeral bills, in line with People.
As anticipated, Rebecca says she “did not cope very well after.”
“I just didn’t want to live after that accident… I couldn’t handle it at all,” she defined.
“I spent about a year just trying to kill myself basically by doing every self-destructive thing a person can do because I just didn’t understand…any of it.”
Gayheart suffered from PTSD following the incident and had ongoing nightmares.
The star stated that to today she continues to replay the accident in her head, questioning what she may’ve accomplished to stop the unlucky state of affairs.
“I still have those questions, but today I am able to ponder those questions and still realize that I deserve to be happy,” she stated.
“And that I am meant to be on this planet and that I have a purpose and I’m making living amends for that even though it was an accident.”
Adding, “[I] can’t imagine what his parents are still feeling like.”
After pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter in November 2001, the actress was sentenced to probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 high-quality, and 750 hours of group service.
She additionally settled a wrongful dying lawsuit filed by the kid’s dad and mom out of courtroom.
Thanks to her 750 hours of group service, she started volunteering with Chrysalis, a nonprofit group devoted to serving to homeless and low-income people by offering assets and help to realize employment.
“I just found my place,” she stated, crediting the individuals she met by her work with saving her life.
And when the group was struggling financially, she helped create the Butterfly Ball, which has been elevating cash since 2002.
“Being at Chrysalis reinforced what my purpose was and that I did need to be alive,” Rebecca stated of the group.
We are simply glad that after a few years she has been capable of finding peace and keep in a more healthy headspace.
These days, Gayheart retains busy by balancing her appearing profession in addition to being a mother to her two daughters Billie, 9, and Georgia, 7 – whom she shares with ex-husband Eric Dane.