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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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61.

William Burrus    

Brandi was legally at fault and will rightfully pay a substantial settlement. These things happen to negligent drivers... both black and white.
I always liked Brandi... she seems like a nice gal, but the accident was undoubtedly her fault.
Race has nothing to do with it except to racists.

2739 days ago
62.

Carrot Top    

Moral of the story... Don't drive a Toyota!

2739 days ago
63.

William Burrus    

The very idea that blacks can't be racist is nonsensical... unless you are, in fact, a racist.

2739 days ago
64.

Donna    

Brandy was never really that talented, anyway. Another washed-up has been by 21 years old.

Then again, we're talking about the "sista" who claimed she was married because she got knocked up.

She should be treated the same way as us little people: Like complete sh*t.

2739 days ago
65.

ANna MAe    

Farrah, Farrah, Farrah. Poor lonely Farrah. This is the only way to get people to talk to you, right?

2739 days ago
66.

Cheryl    

Let's see...black people aren't held accountable when they kill someone, assault police officers, use racial slurs, or rape white women (you give 'em a Nobel Prize for THAT, particularly if they used a curling iron on her!)

Yes, the oppression they endure on a daily basis is just awful. I feel so damn guilty about it. Let's make it illegal to be white! Oh , wait.....

2739 days ago
67.

Puh der Baer    

Bitch drives as good as she sings.....

2739 days ago
68.

Puh der Baer    

She'd never make it on the stretch of I-57 thru Chicago, which we lovingly refer to as "The N***** 500".
Stupid bitch.

2739 days ago
69.

Bebe    

THANK YOU! I couldn't have said it better myself!

2739 days ago
70.

Gail    

#9 is 100 right

You need to pay attention to traffic infront of her, the accident is 100% her fault.

2739 days ago
71.

Robert Moon    

If Brandy hit the other cars from behind then it was all her fault. It doesn't matter is she was stoned or not. But as usual blacks never take responsibility for their actions. Always playing the victim and blaming everything on slavery. Won 't work this time.

2739 days ago
72.

coco puff    

The RACISTS attack when-ever I fight against racist crackers. They want to hide and try to make people believe they are someone they're not. My pursuit of the racist crackers will not and can be deterred. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!!!

2739 days ago
73.

Candy Ann    

Sorry, but I do not care what color her skin is........if she was at fault and as a result there was a death.....she should be sued, jailed, whatever is determined by the law. She obviously was not paying attention to the road or this would not have happened.
What is wrong, can't anyone spell anymore on these sites? Go back to school.

2739 days ago
74.

julc    

This story about all these cars makes me so mad. Doesn't anyone buy American anymore?

Mr. Ford

2739 days ago
75.

marketta    

Sista, is going to get sued BIG TIME! It's is definitely her fault driving to close and not at a safe distance to stop in case traffic slows down. Too bad Sista!!!

2739 days ago
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