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Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick and the agony of an unintentional killing


NEW YORK - MAY 6: Actors Alec Balwin, (L), Matthew Broderick, and Alfred Molina participate in the opening day of the Broadway Softball League in New York City on May 6, 2004. The league is in it's 50th season. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

After Alec Baldwin was involved in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set in October, it’s easy to wonder if his actor friend, Matthew Broderick, reached out to offer sympathy and to let him know that he, more than others, understands his unique anguish.

Baldwin and Broderick will probably never reveal whether such a conversation took place, but Broderick, 60, also was involved in the death of another and has said things that suggest he’s experienced what experts say is the particular trauma, guilt and loneliness associated with unintentionally harming someone.

The film and Broadway theater actor was involved in a car accident in Northern Ireland that left two women dead in 1987. Then 25 and the hot new star of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Broderick was on vacation and driving with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey when his car collided head-on with another, killing Anne Gallagher, 28, and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63.

While Baldwin has been in the headlines since Hutchins’ Oct. 21 death, with the ongoing criminal investigation, multiple wrongful-death suits and the actor’s controversial public statements, Broderick’s killing of two women 35 years ago has mostly disappeared from the public consciousness.

However, Broderick and his fans have been reminded of the tragedy in the past week, as Grey has given interviews to promote her memoir, “Out of the Corner.” Grey told Entertainment Tonight that the accident was one of the “top three traumas in my life, maybe top one,” even though she wasn’t driving.

Matthew Broderick was driving when he accidentally crashed into another car, killing a mother and daughter. https://t.co/Rpskl2GD6N

— Us Weekly (@usweekly) May 12, 2022

While the crash occurred shortly before Grey became a star with the release of “Dirty Dancing,” she said the accident, more than the movie, changed her life forever. “It led to so many other things in my life,” Grey said.

For his part, Broderick has said little about the crash over the years. Right afterwards, “The Producers” actor reportedly expressed deep concern about the victims in the other car, saying, “Did I hurt them? Did I hurt them?” a fire brigade member told People at the time. Broderick’s injuries, including a concussion, a broken leg and broken ribs, put him in a the hospital for a month.

Broderick was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but he was convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175.

Broderick told authorities at the time that he had no memories of the crash or anything that day, the New York Post reported. “I don’t remember even getting up in the morning,” he said. “What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg.

Broderick also said in a 2002 interview that he had a hard time coming to terms with causing the deaths of the two women, the Post reported. “It was extremely difficult coming to grips with what happened, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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