Anne Heche's tragic car accident prompts a response from Ellen

The horrifying vehicle accident that left Anne Heche with serious burns

in a coma has now prompted a response from Ellen DeGeneres, 64.

The former talk show host, who dated the actress from 1997 to 2000

replied to inquiries on Monday, August 8, when she was out with a friend in Santa Barbara

California. Ellen gave a quick response when asked how her ex-girlfriend was doing.

According to the Daily Mail, she said, "We are not in contact with each other

so I would not know." I do not want for anybody to suffer harm. Ellen's remark about Anne 

came after the Men in Trees actress made news for crashing her blue Mini Cooper

neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California, first into an apartment building and then into a home