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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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91.

Reginald Wycoff    

The sister was just driving herself to work and all this happens. if you get into the car you know you might get killed so don't go blaming her for NOTHING. She probably could not see the road good enough due to conditions. this happens all the time. Brandy needs to forget about this whole mess and get on with her life.

2808 days ago
92.

still loving them    

Why is it that everything on here have to turn to racist remarks by a bunch of dumb ass back woods cracker? I'm sure you may not know what youre saying because you have your head between your mothers legs, but at least go back to school so you can get out of the run down trailer park you live in. The remark that spam made about blacks being retarded, first of all whore don't assume that everyone feels the same about this. I think if it was her fault she should be punished, but for you to call a race retarded you need to look at your inbred redneck family. I bet between all the redneck trash on here you have about 3 teeth. Get a job, go back to junior high school, stop f***ing your family members and making cross eyed freak bastard children that should be shot for being a product of your freak ass. You low life tralier trash c**ts

2808 days ago
93.

Stephanie    

You know what, it is really ignorant to make a comment like " you blacks"because it was a freaking accident for crying out loud...their is no race or gender that can be exempt from having one.. so spam i think you really need to go back to school and get a proper education, and keep you bigot, racist comments to yourself or better yet just shut up....

2808 days ago
94.

Mimi    

Hey Farrah,

What do you mean it's impossible for African Americans to be racist? Most black people I've met segregate themselves and hate most other races. Wake up!

2808 days ago
95.

Henry Wener    

Here we go again, too young on a fast track to hell taking innocents with them. Lock her up. Big shot in a Land Rover who stopped many others from roving.

2808 days ago
96.

White Is Right    

Some of these comments are HILARIOUS! I'm sitting here LMAO, thanks for a great start to my day!

Brandy blew it, she f***ed up. She needs to take responsibility like any other person who ISN'T a celebrity should!! The least she could do is go cook some fried chicken & collard greens for Awatefs family........

2808 days ago
97.

ttommy    

$100 she was talking on the phone.

rach, "Who doesn't talk on the cell phone, listen to music, zone out, etc. while driving." With the exception of listening to the radio, not paying attention while driving has serious consequences and Brandy is culpable. Intentional or not, she directly caused another person's death.

2808 days ago
98.

sean    

This is what TMZ *attempts* to do with their 'chatterzone' BS - lemme know what you think PLEASE:

2808 days ago
99.

karencarpenter    

Were they able to repair Brandy's vehicle?

2808 days ago
100.

JohnsonFletch    

The real thing here is pay attention when your driving plus, none of us were there so we don't know the whole story.

To Farrah; We can no more be responsible for the bad things our ancestors did then we can take credit for the good things...you can't have it both ways...I think Louis Farrakahn and all other white haters should stop using all the white man's inventions... Get out of that BMW, get off that Cell Phone, and don't appear on TV .

2808 days ago
101.

ttommy    

hey #46 Reginald Wycoff, I know I might get killed because of stupid drivers like Brandy and rach but I know I won't kill anyone because I FREAKIN' PAY ATTENTION WHILE I DRIVE! She gambled with someone else's life, not her own, and lost. That's not exactly "nothing". fool

2808 days ago
102.

Henry Wener    

Just another young fast track gal in a big gas guzzling SUV driving carelessly. Shes going to hell fast. Was she on a cell, making up, whatever. Now its daed and maimed people. Glad she ain't my SISTUH. Stay way from Palm Springs, killer.

2808 days ago
103.

David    

I don't know who this Brandy or Tequila or whatever her name is but clearly from a legal standpoint she is at fault. I'm sure her owner will be VERY DISPLEASED.

2808 days ago
104.

Nic    

Well, seems we've gotten a little off track. This has nothing to do with race. Car accidents happen every day, and unfortunately some are fatal. I'm sure if Brandy was paying attention, this wouldn't have happened. However, we all make mistakes, this one just ended really bad. Maybe rather than getting into a race debate we should say a prayer for the family of the man who died and remember that something like this could happen to anybody. I klnow that I'll remember this when I'm driving and my cell phone rings or my kids want something from the back seat. It only takes a second to be distracted.

2808 days ago
105.

ann coulter    

she must have a dvd player in her rover. she must have been watchin the dvd of her bro pissin on kim while she was drivin on the freeway. "i wanna be down with whatcha goin through. i wanna be down. i wanna be down witchu."

2808 days ago
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