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CHP: Brandy Should Be Prosecuted for Fatal Crash

1/29/2007 7:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: TMZ has obtained photos of the horrifying aftermath of Brandy's car crash.


The California Highway Patrol has recommended that singer-actress Brandy be prosecuted for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. A CHP source tells TMZ his department has ruled out mechanical malfunction as the cause of the crash. The source adds that the CHP believes Brandy "was just going too fast" and "was the person at fault."

If convicted, Brandy could face one year in L.A. County Jail and a $1,000 fine.

TMZ broke the story that Brandy was involved in a wreck on a Los Angeles freeway on December 30, 2006. The accident claimed the life of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj. An eyewitness tells TMZ Brandy was traveling at around 65 miles per hour but did not stop when traffic in front of her slowed. Brandy's vehicle struck the vehicle in front of her and triggered a four car crash. There is no evidence of drugs or alcohol and Brandy was not arrested.

A CHP rep tells TMZ that although his department believes Brandy's negligence caused the crash, he does not believe the accident was caused by gross negligence. If officials found gross negligence, Brandy could be prosecuted for felony manslaughter.

The case has now been referred to the Los Celeb Car Crashes: Click to see photosAngeles City Attorney's office for review.

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LetHerKillHerself    

As far as the law goes it is your responsibility for killing a person whether accidental or intentional, that doesn't matter. All these racists comments are ridiculous. Brandy was driving that car therefore she is fully responsible for the death of that woman. What kind of justice is one year in prison for the life of a human being? Bottom line Brandy should get life in prison.

2719 days ago
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Randy    

The NAACP would be all over this one.. The rich black girl have pitty on her. I'm sure she was on the cell phone drinking a Starbucks while smoking thinking she is everything.. Poor family my prayers go out to you...

2719 days ago
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Heather    

She killed a woman and hurt children because of her ignorance. And because she is famous all she will get is up to a year and a little fine. If the situation would have been reversed and the dead woman had struck Brandy then the sentence would probably be much worse. My uncle got 20 years for losing control of his vehicle and destroying government property, (a light pole). He is white, the cops were black. Maybe he should file a lawsuit. Brandy shows remorse but that still wont bring those children's mama back. I hope every time she gets into a car she remembers how she screwed up innocent people's lives.

2717 days ago
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T    

JESUS ACCIDENTS HAPPEN SHE WAS'NT DRUNK OR JACKED UP .IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF HELL SHE WILL LIVE WITH THE REST OF HER LIFE!!!!!!!!

2717 days ago
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concerned    

universalwriter: you are alright! An accident is an accident. Brandy will probably pay for this -emotionally- for the rest of her life. And! it's unfortunate that because she is a celebrity, the family will make her pay financially, too.
If this was the 'common' driver, the insurance would settle this case-end of story...and we all have near misses for one reason or another...
ALWAYS SOMEONE TRYING TO GET RICH OFF OF SOMEONE ELSE'S HARD WORK and it's very sad that someone with genuine integrity and character like Brandy (and her family) will have suffer the pains of another person seeing the $$$. Peace be with you girl...integrity:owning up to your part of responsibilty-come what may.

2717 days ago
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SCHANELL    

BRANDY SEEMS TO BE VERY SORRY FOR WHAT SHE DONE .JUST KNOWING SHE CAUSED AN ACCIDENT THAT TOOK A PERSON LIFE,IS HARD ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH AS IS. MAYBE,SHE COULD SET UP A FUND FOR THE VICTIM'S CHILDRENS.I KNOW THAT WON'T BRING THEIR MOTHER BACK,BUT IT WILL HELP THEM THROUGH HARD TIMES AND MAYBE HELP THEM GO TO COLLEGE WHEN THEY GET OLDER.ALSO PAY FOR COUNSELING TO DEAL WITH THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER. YOUR FAN NELLE CINCINNATI,OH

2717 days ago
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rtgirl    

Poor Brandy! Honestly, if she weren't a celebrity, she wouldn't be getting sued. It irks me when people go after celebrities and people with money just because they can. She made a mistake. She wasn't drunk, she wasn't high and it could've happened to anyone. I seriously hope she doesn't face criminal prosecution but I'm sure she'll pay in civil court.

2716 days ago
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kevdog63    

I think she should be charged as an example of how tired all of us should be that people, especially females do not pay attention to the road because they are either speeding or talking on their damn cell phones. There was a national survey done where it does conclude that male drivers are safer behind the wheel than female drivers. I heard it really pissed off the femnist (NOW) National Orginization For Women) but the truth hurts , so what can I say. I mean , there's a woman who lost her life here, is there no accountability anymore?

2716 days ago
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ellen watts    

it is so sad in america that race is still our big problem. for brandy accident it is so sad that they want to sue her . if she was white it would 'nt have come to this.no wonder america is having a rough time other country see how they treat other races. and we are going to the dogs.

2715 days ago
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ellen watts    

it is so sad in america that race is still our big problem. for brandy accident it is so sad that they want to sue her . if she was white it would 'nt have come to this.no wonder america is having a rough time other country see how they treat other races. and we are going to the dogs.

2715 days ago
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LaTarsha Toler    

Not to make this a race issue but was Britney Spears charged for having her toddler in her lap while she drove.

2714 days ago
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LaTarsha Toler    

Also, all this talk of money is bs. Money is the last thing the parents of the victims should be worried about, they should be focused on how to help theirgrandchildren through the tough raod ahead. The fact is it was an accident and to suggest that she gets life in prison for an accident is ridiculous. To the person whose uncle received 20 years, all you've presented was a vague description of the events and only enough to make it seem like your relative was completely innoent (except of knocking down a pole). You and I both know there was another reason why he was given that sentence.

2714 days ago
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Catafli    

These "so-called" actors and singers and all the other inconsiderate wealthy idiots with money think they are above the law because they are rich.Well, it is GOD THAT IS IN CHARGE, and NOT THEM! Remember this:GOD DOSEN'T CARE ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY ANYONE HAS OR ABOUT THE COLOR OF ANYONE'S SKIN!!

2714 days ago
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Karen    

This was the product of an accident - the kind that happens hundreds of times everyday in every state. The only difference in this instance is once again a celebrity is involved and that is why it is getting this kind of attention. Though Brandy is a celebrity, she is first and foremost human and we (humans) make mistakes, she is remorseful and grief stricken. The family of the young lady has lost a mother, a wife and friend. Let us not pass judgement, but instead focus on the grief that both sides are suffering. Let us pray that they will come through this situation as whole as possible.

2713 days ago
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Karen    

This issue is not about black or white - rich or poor. It is about an accident pure and simple. I am an African American and very proud of it, but I get sick and tired of some of my brothers and sisters making EVERYTHING about race. It's about people. Simply being a black person or a white person doesn't make you good or bad. Being A BAD person makes you bad. Being a GOOD person makes you good. These things have no color. I know plenty of good white people and plenty of bad white people just like I know plenty of good black people and bad black people. Emotions like LOVE and HATE have no color.

2713 days ago
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