Brandy Maybe Up For Manslaughter Charge After Death Crash
Posted by Dresonic on January 30, 2007
R&B singer Brandy is facing possible jail time over her involvement in a fatal crash.
The California Highway Patrol could charge the ‘The Boy Is Mine’ singer with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence over the 30 December incident.
The 27-year-old, could receive up to a year in jail and $1000 fine if found guilty on the misdemeanour charge which the CHP recommended to the city attorney in Los Angeles on Monday.
The city attorney’s office will investigate the recommendation and then decide to file the charge against the former star of the sitcom ‘Moesha’.
“The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanour charge of vehicular manslaughter,” said spokesperson Nick Velasquez.
“We know that Brandy’s at fault for the chain reaction of the collision,” CHP spokesperson Leland Tang told People.
During the incident the Grammy winner, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, reportedly drove her 2007 model Land Rover into the back of a 2005 Toyota Corolla. In the process, she set off a chain reaction crash on Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway.
Awatef Aboudihaj, the 38-year-old Toyota driver and married mother of one, died in the Providence Holy Cross Medical Centre the following day, after suffering multiple fractures to her pelvis.
There was no indication that Norwood had been distracted at the time of impact, Tang told People.
Alcohol and drugs have been excluded as contributing factors and the singer who hit the big time in 1994 with songs like ‘I Wanna Be Down’, and ‘Brokenhearted’ had not been using her cellphone.
Norwood, who was alone in the car, said she was driving roughly 65 miles per hour (104km/h) according to police at the scene. This, said Tang, was within the speed limit.
Aboudihaj’s car, after being rear-ended, smashed into a third car before hitting the centre divider of the highway and being broad-sided by a fourth car.
The crash was only revealed publicly last week when celebrity website TMZ.com found the accident report.
Brandy responded by releasing a statement through her publicist, Courtney Barnes, saying she wished “to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased” and sought privacy for everybody involved.
Barnes has yet to respond to the police statement.
Norwood, the mother of a four-year-old daughter, has seen her music and film career slow down over the past few years. She was most recently seen alongside other celebrity judges like David Hasselhoff on Simon Cowll’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ reality show.
At the height of her fame, in 1998, she won a Grammy for her duet with Monica and starred in teen horror movie ‘ I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’.
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