If convicted of vehicular manslaughter, the 28-year-old singer could face up to a year in jail

By Ken Lee
January 29, 2007 02:25 PM

If the California Highway Patrol gets its way, Brandy could be facing charges over a fatal crash – with the possibility of jail time.

The CHP concluded its investigation into the Dec. 30 collision involving the R&B singer – and recommended to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office Monday morning that she be charged with a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, according to patrol spokesman Leland Tang.

If convicted, the 28-year-old former Moesha star, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, could face up to one year in county jail.

“We know that Brandy’s at fault for the chain reaction of the collision,” Tang tells PEOPLE.

Tang adds that investigators found there were no indicators that Brandy was distracted at the moment she rear-ended the 2005 Toyota being driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, who died the evening after the crash at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

The L.A. City Attorney’s office will review the case and decide whether to file the charge against her.

Brandy’s rep had no comment.