R&B singer Brandy was involved in a four-car freeway crash last month that left a 38-year-old woman dead, California authorities said yesterday (Jan. 24). The cause of the mishap was under investi

R&B singer Brandy was involved in a four-car freeway crash last month that left a 38-year-old woman dead, California authorities said yesterday (Jan. 24). The cause of the mishap was under investigation, and no arrests have been made.

The 27-year-old actress-singer (full name: Brandy Norwood) was driving a 2007 Land Rover on the 405 Freeway on Dec. 30, when the collision occurred. She failed to slow down and struck the back of a 2005 Honda at about 65 mph, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

The Honda driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, hit another vehicle and then slid sideways before it struck a center divider, the report said. Aboudihaj's car was then hit by an oncoming car driven by 50-year-old Mallory Ham

Aboudihaj was taken to a hospital, where she died of blunt-force injuries, said county coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey. The coroner's office ruled her death an accident. Ham also was taken to a hospital where she was treated for moderate injuries.

Brandy was not injured, and she wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, according to her publicist. "She wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased," reads a statement issued on Brandy's behalf.


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