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David Manpearl: Neighbor Heroized in Anne Heche Crash

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David Manpearl is a neighbor who has been credited with attempting to rescue Anne Heche after her car exploded into a home in an accident in Los Angeles. He helped his neighbor and tried to free Heche, who survived but was seriously injured.

The 53-year-old actress pulled into a garage around 11 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, then reversed and crashed into another house. Heche was intubated and in critical condition in the hours following the crash.

NBC Los Angeles reported that it took 59 firefighters to put out the blaze and that the crash caused structural damage to a home after their blue Mini Cooper drove 30 feet into the building. Photos of the aftermath showed the extent of the damage.

Here’s what you need to know:

David Manpearl told the Daily Mail he didn’t think it was possible that anyone could have survived the crash he witnessed.

“Around 10:50 a.m. I heard a car drive by and looked out my window where I saw the car going about 90 miles per hour,” he told the outlet. “Within seconds I heard a loud crack and I ran outside in my flip flops because I knew someone was hurt and boy was I right.”

He lives about five doors down from where the fiery crash occurred, he told the Daily Mail, capturing the moments before the crash with his Ring doorbell camera.

He told the Daily Mail that he rushed to the scene and found his neighbor outside.

“Before I approached the car, I saw the resident of the home standing barefoot in the rubble. She was in shock and desperately begged me to take her pets out of the house,” Manpearl said. “I was able to get the leashes for her two small dogs and escort them out the side of her house. She had her two dogs with her and a turtle.”

Manpearl told the Daily Mail he was unable to extricate Heche from the vehicle and after she was trapped in the burning car for around 30 minutes he thought there was no way she could have survived.

He said he trapped Heche, who he did not recognize as an actress, between the airbag and the seat of her car.

“I tried to speak to her a couple of times and asked her if she was ok but she didn’t answer so I had to get closer. I was able to open the back door of the car and half crawled inside,” he said. “This time when I asked her if everything was ok, she said no.”

He told the Daily Mail that when firefighters arrived at the scene, he and the neighbor were trying to put out the fire. The fire spread from the car to the house, he said.

“I was sure the driver was dead,” he said as the rescue efforts dragged on. “That she was burned. It took firefighters at least 30 minutes to put out the flames, pull the car out and pull her out of the car.”

CONTINUE READING: Anne Heche car accident: photo & video of the accident

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