Authorities have not yet determined if Brandy will face criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash she was involved in last December, but the parents of the woman killed in the crash aren't waiting to find out.
The parents of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, who was killed in the four-car freeway crash that started when Brandy's SUV rammed into the back of her car, filed a $50 million wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday, claiming the singer was driving recklessly when her Land Rover struck the back of Aboudihaj's Honda.
"The accident was a terrible tragedy, and Brandy's heart goes out to Awatef Aboudihaj's family," spokesman Allan Mayer said in a statement. "But for legal reasons we cannot comment on this lawsuit."
The suit was filed on behalf of Aboudihaj Ahmed and Labridi Zohra in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The filing occurred one day after the California Highway Patrol recommended Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the December 30 accident. The city attorney's office is reviewing the case.
Brandy--real name Brandy Norwood--has publicly expressed condolences to the victim's family, and early media reports of the crash cited witnesses who claimed the singer took the blame for the crash at the scene of the accident. Police have ruled out any mechanical failure in the crash and determined that drugs or alcohol were not involved.
Brandy, 27, was driving on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles on December 30 when traffic slowed and her vehicle hit Aboudihaj's, a CHP report said.
Aboudihaj's car hit another vehicle, slid sideways into the center divider, and was then hit by another car, the report said. Aboudihaj, a Los Angeles waitress, died at a hospital from blunt-force injuries, according to the coroner's office.