Actress Gayheart Expresses Sorrow
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former ``Beverly Hills, 90210'' star Rebecca Gayheart expressed ``sorrow and regret'' for an accident in which authorities said the car she was driving struck and killed a 9-year-old boy crossing a street.
Jorge Cruz Jr., who was hit on June 13 in Hollywood, received severe head injuries and died the next day.
The accident is still under investigation and could result in the filing of criminal charges, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Cruz's parents sued Gayheart on Monday for wrongful death. Their lawyer contends she was talking on a cellular telephone when the Jeep Grand Cherokee hit the boy.
``There are no words to express my sorrow and regret over the accident,'' the actress said Wednesday in a statement released to the television show Access Hollywood. ``I send my prayers, thoughts and deepest sympathy to the family.
``Despite the allegations in the lawsuit, the facts will establish that this was a most unfortunate accident. The pain of this tragedy will live with me forever,'' she said.
In its statement, the police department said several cars had stopped to allow the youngster to cross the street when the Jeep entered a left-turn lane in order to pass slowing cars and struck him.
``Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney's Office for possible filing of charges,'' the police statement said.
Gayheart, who turns 29 on Sunday, played Antonia Marchette, Dylan McKay's wife, on ``Beverly Hills, 90210'' in 1995. She also appeared in the movies ``Scream 2,'' ``Urban Legend,'' ``Jawbreaker'' and ``Shadow Hours.''