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Rebecca Gayheart Tried to Kill Herself After Fatal Car Accident

Rebecca Gayheart Tried to Kill Herself After Fatal Car Accident

Rebecca Gayheart is opening up about the tragic car accident she was involved in back in 2001, in which a nine-year-old boy died.

The actress was driving in Los Angeles and accidentally struck a young boy named Jorge Cruz Jr., who was crossing the street.

“I had a very terrible accident happen. A 9-year-old child died. And, you know, everything changed from that, and, I still have trouble talking about it,” Rebecca said on the podcast The Only One in the Room.

“I just didn’t want to live after that accident. That’s what it came down to. I couldn’t handle it at all. So I spent about a year just trying to kill myself, basically, by doing every self-destructive thing a person can do,” she said.

Rebecca pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and was sentence to “probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine, and 750 hours of community service,” according to Yahoo. The boy’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit, which she settled out of court.

“I just didn’t understand; I didn’t understand any of it, like, I had led, you know, sort of a charmed life up until then, even though I grew up dirt poor,” Rebecca said. “It just turned my world upside down and I lost faith in everything, like, I questioned God, like, ‘Why me? Why Jorge?’”

Rebecca still has a hard time when she thinks about the accident.

“I struggle with the ‘Why?’ still,” she said. “I still replay it in my head of, ‘Had I stopped at the gas station, maybe I wouldn’t have been on that street.’ You know, those things never go away. They stay with you forever and I did not cope very well after. Listen, I just didn’t want to live after that accident.”

“Today, I am able to ponder those questions and still realize that I deserve to be happy,” she concluded. “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.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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  • cuzjcacjo

    she’s a child murderer. it wasn’t an accident. she was speeding through a school zone and was so impatient she zigzagged in front of a stopped car in front of her and killed the kid who was in the crosswalk. and then she goes on to have 2 kids of her own. imagine if someone killed them that way. she’s evil. she doesn’t deserve happiness, she deserves to think about that dead kid every day and suffer.

  • MyName

    People should think more before making statements, especially answering questions. She asked “why me” even before “why Jorge” and that she “deserves to be on this planet” but why then doesn’t the little boy? I hate these types of things. It’s better to have said something simple such as she “hasn’t forgotten but has to go on and hopefully can do some good in this world”.

  • cuzjcacjo

    she never really worked again after the incident, so perhaps it affected her image with producers/directors.

  • Sprite

    As they taught us, it’s better to teach kids at a young age to be wary when crossing the street, and walk roads in the opposite direction to traffic flow.

  • MyName

    Other cars were stopped for him. She went around them.

  • MyName

    Other cars were stopped for him. She went around them.

  • Sprite

    People should be aware of the dangers and motorists should be particularly wary of elderly or kids.. they both have peripheral vision loss, children wont’ develop until 10yrs. 40 km/hr speed limits around school zones and lollipop ladies to help protect is the best, although I don’t know the specifics for this case Rip.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JXCezYlPNE
    *Aus Victorian safety advertisement, keep watch for bad motorists, stick to the kurb until it’s safe to cross..
    .
    A case I heard about, guy that worked with us as a spray painter did previous work as a courier, was driving up a steep hill in a van and as he reached the hospital at the top the sun blinds his eyes and he hits a bloke that was crossing the street 150m from the where the designated crossing was. In effect the pedestrian sues the courier co. for all it’s worth as the Judge says that sunlight in his eyes is not an excuse. of course the only excuse a person can give is sneezing ‘act of god’ call it a very brief involuntary action.

  • MyName

    I agree that people need to be aware and should follow rules but that includes the drivers. I read about this case because I wanted to understand how much if any of an “accident” it was. The child didn’t dart out in front of her. Other cars were stopped and allowing him to cross yet she impatiently went around the other cars. She should have realized they were stopped for some reason. She should have at least preceded with caution at a very low speed if she still felt the need to go around the other vehicles. She gets another chance. The boy and his loved ones do not. She has to go on but as unselfishly as possible it should be.