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Brandy Tells Witness Fatal Crash Was Her Fault

1/24/2007 1:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE:

EXCLUSIVE -- BRANDY ADMITTED FAULT AT SCENE
Brandy In an exclusive conversation with the man driving directly behind Brandy at the time of her fateful crash, TMZ has learned that the singer repeatedly blamed herself at the scene of the accident.

"She got upset, talking about how it was all her fault ... she didn't stop, kept saying how she hit the lady," says the witness.

He added, "Brandy walked in front of traffic, crossing the lanes of speeding cars, then she did it again. People were honking at her to get out of the road. She was obviously disoriented and highly upset."

The witness also claims he tried to calm the hysterical singer, and even dished out some legal advice, saying he advised her to stop admitting guilt. He also consoled her by repeatedly saying "It was an accident."

The witness also claims he went over to check on the woman in the Toyota, but couldn't find a pulse.

TMZ has learned R&B sensation Brandy was involved in a fatal accident last month, and it appears to be her fault.

It happened at 10:30 AM on December 30, 2006 on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Brandy was driving her 2007 Land Rover at 65 mph and did not notice that cars in front of her had slowed considerably. We're told Brandy's vehicle struck a 2005 Toyota. The Toyota then hit a 1989 Toyota. The 2005 Toyota then slid sideways and hit the center divider. As the 2005 Toyota came to a halt, it was struck by a 1988 Acura.

In a statement to TMZ from Brandy's publicist, Courtney Barnes, the singer confirmed her involement in a fatal crash: Brandy was involved in a car accident December 30, 2006 in Los Angeles where there was a fatality. She wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased. Brandy asks that you respect the privacy of everyone involved at this time.

We're told the driver of the 2005 Toyota, Awatef Aboudihaj, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition and she died the next day. Aboudihaj, a 38-year-old married mother of one, was a Los Angeles resident.

Brandy was not injured. The driver of the Acura suffered moderate injuries.

Brandy was not arrested and there is no evidence drugs or alcohol were involved.

Celeb Car Crashes: Click to launch photosPolice are doing a mechanical investigation of the cars involved in the accident to determine if there was a malfunction.

Brandy's "Moesha" co-star, Lamont Bentley, was killed in January, 2005 when his car plunged off the same freeway. Another "Moesha" co-star, Merlin Santana, was killed by a gunshot wound while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in 2002.

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SUN    

First off, I think all movie stars get off way to easy. If the average person killed someone, things would move quicker and the punishment would be harsher.

What does race have to do with anything? What about the white actress Kerri Russel who killed a little boy as he was walking across the street? No big up-roar about her. She was just as negligent. I personally think she got off way too easy. No jail time.

Accidients can happen to all of us, but the punishment is not always the same.

I think these girls will have their own punishment in their mind. They will live with the fact that because they were too busy talking on the cell phone, or playing with their hair that a life is gone.

2711 days ago
17.

MINISTERH    

THIS IS A TRAGEDY. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF SHE WAS AT FAULT OR NOT SOMEONE LOST THEIR LIFE. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO BRANDY(LEGALLY) SHE AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT WAS INVOLVED(DIRECT OR INDIRECT) WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. I PRAY FOR THEM ALL AND HOPE THAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM CAN FORGIVE. INCLUDING BRANDY, SHE HAS TO BE ABLE TO FORGIVE HERSELF, ALSO.

THIS IS ANOTHER SAD DAY.
I HOPE THAT ,IF THIS IS AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY A CELL PHONE,THAT
WE ALL LEARN FROM IT AND CHOOSE TO DRIVE SAFE.

2710 days ago
18.

felisha    

First of all , this situation DOES NOT have nothing to do with race or driving an SUV This is an accident that could have happened to anyone, as a matter of fact it does happen to others. She is being put in the spotlight because she is or was, a celebrity. This is one of the millions of bad accidents that happen all the time because people do not pay attention to the roads or they are driving drunk! In this case Brandy has admitted fault in the accident, and I am sure she is very very torn over what happened. I send all my prayers to the family of the lady who was killed, I understand every bit of what they are going through! So I hope all of you who are using this race thing please just STOP, it is pathetic!

2710 days ago
19.

trina    

There's no point in even responding to ignorant people like,"farrah" I'm african-american and a police officer, these type of accidents happen every day, it's just now it's a celebrity so everyone is making a big deal out of it. She's not a murderer, it was an unfortunate accident, one that could happen to anyone of us. Not just talking on cell phones, but things like taking your eyes off the road and looking at one of your kids, or eating, or trying to change the radio station. She should be held responsible, as should anyone else. I don't think she needs to go to jail, she'll have to live with the guilt forever..that's punishment enough, but she should be held financially responsible,especially since the vict had children

2709 days ago
20.

Joanne    

How come she's not in jail or out on bail like the rest of us would be. One system of justice for celebs; another for the rest of us. It's not right....

2709 days ago
21.

Razael Cardinal    

She should of payed attention to the street, it was irresponsible of her to have done that. I mean, what was she doing?! I'm personally pretty desgusted at that behavior.

2708 days ago
22.

Proud Ass black chick    

Brandy God will never put more on us then we can bare He is your Source of strenghth and deliverance Through him all things are possible May God bless you. My prayers Go out to all envolved in the accident. God have Mercy on these poor misguided souls because they know not what the speak. This world is in it's final days, A state of complete self -destruction I would suggest you all get you souls ready because God sees no color @ the pearly gates. Lord have mercy on our Souls & there is nothing wrong with fried chicken baby because I am serving it today right after my daughters Tea party All races more than welcome to have a breast, wing, or thigh We all family in Jesus House.

2707 days ago
23.

annie    

it was a mistake everyone makes them and if she was so bad at driving how come she didnt get into major accidents before? and people need to chill on the race shit.

2705 days ago
24.

Ivanie    

Accidents do happen just because Brandy is a celebrity doesnt mean she cant be driving or even getting into an accident. i cant say it was or it wasnt her fault because i wasnt in the car but im sure we all do stupid things also when were driving. so why dont yaa just wish Brandy the best and condolences to the women family. and i think the only reason the husband is suing Brandy is because she's a celebrity. Brandy is going to have a hard time living with herself knowing she killed someone so that's should be enough stress for her. SO LEAVE HER ALONE.

2704 days ago
25.

Rhasphody    


Seriously no doubt the family has had a tremendous loss, but these hateful comments towards Brandy is why this world is so corrupt today. Granite she should have been paying attention, but no one really knows why. Unless your name is Casper the friendly ghost and you was sitting in the car, to know the details, what gives you the right to judge Brandy. Brandy like anyone else made a mistake, a costly one, but what dumb ass things have all you haters done in your life, and what skeltons do you have. Clowning shows ones ignorance, black people already are known as a people that can't stick together, and this website shows it. Lets try saying a prayer for all those involved, and keep the hatred out of it, what is that gonna do? THE WOMEN IS STILL DEAD!!!!!! Brandy is remorseful, so shut up and stop clowning, it's futile at this point.

Brandy if you read this and the family of the deceased women, my prayers our with you. Things happen to us unexpected all the time. Both parties are both hurting I'm sure so all we can do is send a prayer up, and that's what I have done. God bless both parties.

2699 days ago
26.

Rhasphody    


My comments are to Mr 1madwhiteman!!! You are probably not even white, but if you are it would explain why your mad, you comment alot about HOs and Bitches, men with small dick issues usually sucummb to having to pay someone to deal with your smallness.....Damm thats a shame..Whoooops that I say that. Ne ways I hope Brandy's family hunts through every e-mail, every hater on this website and send out a national whoop ya'll ass brigade and hopefully we will have less dumbasses in this world and we can get a Real President!!!! It was an accident !! get a life, and 1madwhiteman get a dick some viagra and release some stress. Then fuck yourself!!!!!!!!!

2699 days ago
27.

Jillas    

Caprice you have some real f**kin' issues to deal with you, maybe you should get some help suga?And where do you spam get off calling blacks retarded you f**kin' illiterate shit face

2695 days ago
28.

Tony    

What happened to Brandy, could have happened to anyone of us...Instead of spending so much time blaming, why not pray for her and hope she gets the help she needs. I am sure she is going through something. She has daughter she may never see if she gets sent to jail. Have some compassion and as far as the RACIST remarks...please...Black and White...GROW UP!!!...PEACE AND 1 LUV

2695 days ago
29.

Little Titty    

Poor Brandy. First the death of her career and now this.

2738 days ago
30.

whore    

SUV's kill and they suck...they should be illegal and she needs to learn how to drive. i hope the family sues her.

2738 days ago
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