Rebecca Gayheart Allegedly Ran Over 9-Year-Old
LOS ANGELES, 12:36 p.m. EDT August 9, 2001 -- Los Angeles police are saying that actress Rebecca Gayheart could face vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly running over a 9-year-old boy with her Jeep while talking on a cell phone.
The collision happened on June 13. A police spokeswoman says other cars had stopped to let the boy, Jorge Cruz Jr., cross a street in Hollywood.
She says Gayheart's Jeep was going at least 40 miles an hour when the boy was hit near the center of the street. Cruz was taken to L.A. Children's hospital where he died the next morning.
Detectives are still doing their investigation. They'll hand it off to the district attorney's office who will decide if Gayheart will face criminal charges.
The actress is already being sued by the parents of the boy, Jorge Cruz and Silvia Martinez, alleging wrongful death.
Gayheart's film credits include the "Urban Legends" horror films and "Scream 2," as well as television's "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Earth 2."