Mya, the R&B singer, “Chicago” costar and new Coca-Cola pitchwoman, may have looked just fine at the American Music Awards on Monday, but her holidays were hardly peaceful.
The pop star slammed her Range Rover into Washington, D.C.-area resident Jane Hopkins’s parked Volkswagen Passat on Dec. 26, reports The Washington Post’s “Reliable Source” column.
The incident reportedly occurred at 1 p.m. and totaled the small car and took out part of a chain-link fence. Mya, 24, was on her way to visit her mother, said the paper.
Hopkins, 39, said her car was in the driveway next door to Mya’s mother’s house and the vehicle’s rear end was sticking out into the street.
Hopkins collected $6,000 from her insurance company, though she insists that is but a fraction of the replacement cost of the 1997 Passat, which she had bought second-hand. At the time of the accident, she said Mya appeared shaken.
“She’s a sweet girl and I don’t want to embarrass her. She seemed like a nervous 24-year-old. She told me she had been spooked by another car. But I think she just may have put her foot on the gas pedal when she meant to apply the brake,” said Hopkins.
According to the police report, Mya said that “an impatient driver brushed (the) side of her vehicle as it was turning.” But, as the authorities noted, “There was no evidence of another impact.”
Mya’s manager, Carol Kirkendall, tells The Post: “She was certainly very happy that no one was hurt and thank God we have insurance … She has a good driving record, and she’s very responsible.”