Brandy can finally breathe free as the City Attorney's Office announced that they won't file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against her from a fatal traffic collision case after reviewing the case for nearly a year. The clearance announcement was made by the authorities on Friday, December 28, 2007.
In a released statement, the office's spokesman Frank Mateljan said, "The City Attorney's Office has decided not to file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against Brandy Norwood in the case stemming from a Dec. 30, 2006, traffic collision." Further, he explained, "After conducting a thorough investigation, which included consulting with some of the top accident reconstruction experts in the country, City prosecutors concluded that there was insufficient evidence from which a jury could find Ms. Norwood guilty of such a charge beyond a reasonable doubt."
Following the notification, Blair Berk, the R 'n' B singer's lawyer, also issued a statement through TMZ.com. The statement read, "We are extremely pleased that after a more thorough and extensive investigation by authorities, the Los Angeles City Attorney has determined that Brandy Norwood should not be charged with any crime whatsoever relating to the accident back in 2006."
In the statement, Berk also blamed the authorities that were giving misleading information causing the 28-year-old singer and family to be under unfavorable situation stating, "These past 12 months have posed an extraordinary hardship for Brandy and her family, who have been unfairly forced to live under a cloud of suspicion initially caused by the ill-advised and premature press release sent out by the California Highway Patrol accusing Brandy of wrongdoing before the police investigation was even finished."
Still, in the statement it was also said that Brandy has managed to take the positive side of the unfortunate incident. In the end of the statement, it read, "However, Brandy continues to be mindful that she was so fortunate to be uninjured in this accident and there was a life lost that should be remembered."
Prior to being announced that she is cleared from the criminal charges, Brandy had to wait for almost a year whether the City Attorney's office would file the charges against her based on the suggestion made by the California Highway Patrol following a fatal car accident involving her. Meanwhile, a few days ago, it has been reported that Brandy might avoid the charges after the CHP revealed that late Awatef Aboudihaj, the woman who died because of the car crash, had crashed into the vehicle in front of her before Brandy even made any contact with her car and that authorities found slight traces of marijuana in her system.
Her nightmare drama began on December 30, 2006, after she crashed to a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by Aboudihaj on an L.A. freeway resulting in a chain-reaction crash and the death of Aboudihaj. After the fatal incident, police stated that at the time of the accident, she was not distracted or under the influence. Hence, they recommended a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Though being released from the manslaughter charges that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail, Brandy isn't one hundred per cent free from lawsuit matter. She is still facing four wrongful-death lawsuits which were filed by Aboudihaj's parents, her widower, her two children and Mallory Ham, another victim of the crash. She is expected to be in the court for a civil trial on January 28, 2008.