Rebecca Gayheart admits she tried to kill herself after fatal car accident

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Rebecca Gayheart has made a rare public comment on her 2001 car accident that claimed a nine-year-old boy's life.

The 47-year-old Jawbreaker actress spoke candidly of feeling suicidal in the wake of the crash, when speaking on The Only One In The Room podcast on Tuesday.

'I just didn’t want to live after that accident.' said the mother-of-two.  

Rebecca Gayheart has made a rare public comment on her 2001 car accident that claimed a nine-year-old boy's life. Seen here earlier this month

Rebecca Gayheart has made a rare public comment on her 2001 car accident that claimed a nine-year-old boy's life. Seen here earlier this month

Speaking to host Laura Cathcart Robbins, the Kentucky native was totally transparent in her discussion of the tragic accident.

'I had a very terrible accident happen. A 9-year-old child died. And, you know, everything changed from that and, you know, I still have trouble talking about it, obviously, so if I get emotional, I apologize,' began Rebecca.

'And that, you know, changed me. And, luckily, I came out the other side and really positive things have happened in my life since then.'  

The 47-year-old Jawbreaker actress spoke candidly of feeling suicidal in the wake of the crash, when speaking on The Only One In The Room podcast on Tuesday

The 47-year-old Jawbreaker actress spoke candidly of feeling suicidal in the wake of the crash, when speaking on The Only One In The Room podcast on Tuesday

'I had a very terrible accident happen. A 9-year-old child died. And, you know, everything changed from that and, you know, I still have trouble talking about it,' said Rebecca on the podcast. Seen here in 2001

'I had a very terrible accident happen. A 9-year-old child died. And, you know, everything changed from that and, you know, I still have trouble talking about it,' said Rebecca on the podcast. Seen here in 2001

The actress was charged with vehicular manslaughter after hitting and killing a nine-year-old boy at a intersection in 2001.

Jorge Cruz Jr. was struck by Gayheart's car as he crossed the street, dying the next day from his injuries. 

The Once Upon A Time In actress pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years probation, one year license suspension, a $2800 fine and 750 hours of community

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