A woman who narrowly escaped death after Anne Hech’s car crashed into her home, sparking a fire that destroyed her home and property, has delivered a heartfelt message to the late actress’ family and friends.
Despite her own loss, Lin Michele expressed her grief on her Instagram page hours after it was confirmed that Heche had been taken off life support due to a brain injury caused by smoke inhalation.
“The news of Anne Hech’s death is devastating. Her family, her friends and especially her children have suffered a great loss and I feel for them,” she said. “This whole situation is tragic and there are just no words. I send my love to everyone involved.”
The day before, Michele thanked her supporters in a video posted on a GoFundMe page that was set up on her behalf by neighbors and homeowners.
Hi everyone, this is Lynn Michelle, still recovering and trying to sort through the ups and downs, but I wanted to send a big, big thank you to everyone around the world for the tremendous amount of love, compassion, generosity and kindness that people have shown over the last week.
Lynn Michele, who was renting the house, was fortunately in another part of the house when the accident happened and was not injured
Heche’s blue Mini Clubman is believed to have been traveling at a very high rate of speed at the time of the collision
Firefighters make their way through the charred wreckage of Lynn Michel’s home after successfully extinguishing the flames
Devastation seen at Lynn’s home after actress Ann Hecht’s Mini driven at high speed crashes 30ft into grounds
“With the help of firefighters, she was able to pull several damaged sentimental items from the wreckage. Everything else is gone,” according to the GoFundMe
Michelle’s dogs, Reuben and Bree, were also fortunately unharmed in the accident
“Obviously it’s been the craziest, traumatic, confusing time, so eventually I’ll try to get back to everyone and read everyone’s comments, but thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“It’s really amazing. You guys have made a huge impact on my life so thank you all so much and I’ll keep you posted.’
Next, Lynn introduced her two cute dogs and Marley the turtle, who now lives with a friend.
“Here’s Reuben and Bree and they just want to say thank you so much for cheering them on.”
In less than a week, Michele received more than $150,000 from more than three thousand donations on the GoFundMe page.
Until the terrible accident of Michelle, who was helping her dog to recover from cancer.
Jennifer Duran, the homeowner, created a GoFundMe with her husband to support their friend and tenant who “lost possessions, souvenirs, all of his business equipment including a laptop and iPad, all of his clothing and necessities, and all of his household items. With the help of firefighters, she managed to pull out several damaged sentimental items from the wreckage. Everything else is gone.”
The page details how Michele, described as a “kind and generous man”, narrowly escaped death after the horrific accident, but was forced to watch her possessions crumble amid the fierce flames.
Homeowner Jennifer Duran (pictured right) stands outside her home looking dazed and confused after the crash
Michele was seen trying to salvage what she could after the fire was put out
A picture of the interior shows the Mini Clubman’s airbag exploded and most of the decor burned away after the crash
Photos and videos showed her looking dazed while driving after the first crash, and a witness captured her with a red-capped bottle in the car. It is unclear what was in the container, but it looked like a bottle of vodka
Firefighters enter the area as plumes of smoke rise from the crash site at high speed
Heche is seen being removed from the scene on a stretcher and taken to a waiting ambulance
A GoFundMe page set up for Lynn Michele, pictured on her Facebook page, has raised more than $50,000 in less than two days
Michelle’s neighbor. Lynn Bernstein. told People magazine that her friend was “very lucky” to survive. She added: “So were the dogs and her turtle.”
Bernstein said Michele was fortunately in a different part of the house than where the accident happened. She described her initial reaction to the accident, saying: “I don’t think she understood what was happening.
“She said, ‘What happened?’ What happened?”Bernstein also said Hechey’s car drove ”almost all the way” through the house and caught fire ”almost immediately”.
According to her LinkedIn page, Michele is the founder of Creative Organization, a company that helps organize “your home, office and life.” We help you simplify everything!’
She describes herself as “an effective organizational professional with a track record of creatively approaching organizational challenges.”
“An innovative organizer with a proven track record of creating successful systems for each individual client.”
On her LinkedIn page, Michele says she founded the company in 1993. She previously worked as a travel director at Citigroup and as a marketing executive at Sony Pictures.
The entrepreneur is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Michelle regularly posts self-help videos on her Instagram page. A few days before the accident that destroyed her home, she posted a video titled: “Don’t leave the burden on your loved ones.”
In the video, she urged her followers not to leave things to loved ones after their death without asking them if they wanted the things.