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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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76.

PJ    

Hey Farrah, why don't you learn to read and learn to drive. Brandy, albeit by accident, DID do something wrong as clearly stated in the text. Driving at 65 mph on the 405 in L.A. when there is traffic up ahead and then running into the rear end of someone's car IS doing something wrong. I guess you are a bus rider.

2827 days ago
77.

Candy Ann    

Farrah,
There is something really mentally wrong with you. You have so much hate in you, and eventually it will eat you alive.
Keep up your horrible racist attitude and all your hate and you will have a short life.

2827 days ago
78.

rach    

This has NOTHING to do with her ethnicity people! This is a car accident - plain and simple. These accidents unfortunately happen 24 hrs a day. My heart goes out to victim and her family and to Brandy. We are all guilty of not paying attention while driving. Who doesn't talk on the cell phone, listen to music, zone out, etc. while driving. When are we all going to figure out WE ARE ALL HUMANS - no matter what shade your skin is - we are all the same! We are all one big disfunctional family. Love you all!

2827 days ago
79.

Butterfly    

I'm sorry to hear about that. Both Brandy and the family of the deceased must be devestated by this tragedy.

Why was this kept under wraps until now?

2827 days ago
80.

NubianGoddez    

I have to agree with # 14. why in the hell do celebrities keep getting away with vehicular manslaughter, how may of these celebrities have mowed down kids and adults alike and get off. if the regular folks without money did this, they would treat them worse than Al Qida terrorist. that broad need's to go to jail.

2827 days ago
81.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

SHE'LL LITERALLY GET AWAY WITH MURDER BECAUSE SHE'S A F***ING CELEBRI5Y AND A BLACK ONE TO BOOT! WHEN CAN BE EXPECT HER TO BE COMMISERATED WITH BY OPRAH AND DR. PHIL? THE DAMN HO!!!l

2827 days ago
82.

John    

Wow. How old are you racists? Blacks & whites - both sides are ridiculous. Just look at your posts bashing each other. Is this the United States you want for your kids? You better pull your heads out of your asses. This car crash is really sad for everyone involved, and you idiots take the opportunity to turn it into a mudslinging contest.

2827 days ago
83.

Sillyme    

Driving is a privilage. Caution at all times.. No talking on phone, no loud music or distracting conversations, singing.. daydreaming when driving at high speeds in big vehicles. Eyes on the road.. how near are you to person in front of you.. occasionally using mirrors for traffic around and behind you, no tunnel vision.. both hands on wheel and legs ready to respond to brake. Something wasn't working in that orderly fashion.

2827 days ago
84.

robert sanborn    

farrah, what planet are you on????? you use racist terms, then you take umbrage at what you perceive to be anti-black comments.

pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaasssse. get real.

racism is now the last refuge of the scoundrel. truly pathetic.

2827 days ago
85.

Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

For all of you who are bringing up race, you are pathetic. That being said, if Brandy wasn't paying close enough attention, and crashed into a vehcile and/or vehicles killing someone, she is considered negligent, and she probably will be charged with vehicular manslaughter. This is a very horrible accident.

The difference here is there doesn't seem to be drugs or alcohol in this situation, though Brandy is at fault for not paying attention. She may have been distracted by a number of things. Accidents do happen.

2827 days ago
86.

terry    

All she did was rid us of another arab......Good Job.

2827 days ago
87.

greg    

Of course it was Brandy's fault. I mean, if she isn't rich enough to have a driver she has only herself to blame.

2827 days ago
88.

fay    

Why is this just now coming out?

2827 days ago
89.

Katt    

Hey # 10 spam, You are an idiot! Don't even get on the blacks. There are plenty of non-blacks that plain suck... Paris, Britney, Lindsey Lohan, Nicole, Anna Nicole, the list goes on and on. Do the world a favor and leave the race card out of it. If she rear-ended another motorist then she would be at fault. She will live with the knowledge that she caused the death of an innocent mother.

2827 days ago
90.

terry    

Prayers to Brandy......Accidents do happen

2827 days ago
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