David Manpearl: Neighbor Hailed as Hero in Anne Heche Crash

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US actress Anne Heche arrives for the premiere of Netflix’s “The Unforgivable” at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, November 30, 2021.

David Manpearl is a neighbor who was credited with a rescue attempt of Anne Heche after her car exploded in a Los Angeles crash into a home. He aided his neighbor and tried to free Heche, who survived but suffered serious injuries.

The 53-year-old actress slammed into a garage at about 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2022, then backed up and careened into another house. Heche was intubated and in critical condition in the hours after the crash.

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

Here’s what you need to know:

Manpearl Helped His Neighbor Rescue Her Pets From Inside the House After Heche Crashed Into the Home

David Manpearl told the Daily Mail that he did not think it was possible anyone could have survived the crash he witnessed.

“At about 10:50am I heard a car go speeding by and looked out my window where I saw the car going about 90 miles an hour,” he told the outlet. “Within seconds I heard a loud crash at which point I ran outside in my flip flops because I knew someone was hurt and boy was I right.”

He lives about five houses down from the place the crash occurred, he told the Daily Mail, and caught the moments leading up to the crash on 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 debris. She was in shock and frantically asked me to help get her pets out of the house,” Manpearl said. “I was able to get the leashes for her two small dogs and escorted her out of the side of her house. She had her two dogs with her and a tortoise.”

Manpearl Said He Did Not Think It Was Possible for Heche to Survive