Published January 25, 2007
R&B sensation Brandy was involved in a fatal car accident last month, her publicist confirmed to TMZ.com.
"Brandy was involved in a car accident Dec. 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," her publicist, Courtney Barnes, said in a statement.
Brandy, 27, was not arrested and she has not been charged with a crime.
The accident happened at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2006, on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Brandy was driving her 2007 Land Rover at 65 mph and did not notice that cars in front of her had slowed considerably, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Brandy's vehicle struck a 2005 Toyota, according to TMZ. 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.
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.
Police are doing a mechanical investigation of the cars involved in the accident to determine if there was a malfunction.
Brandy was not injured, and there is no evidence drugs or alcohol were involved.
The driver of the Acura suffered moderate injuries.
Brandy is best known for the TV show "Moesha," on which she appeared from 1996-2001.
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.