Hip-Hop Rumors: R.I.P. Blaque's Natina Reed - Was The Accident A 'Hit And Run' Or Not?
First off, AllHipHop would like to send its condolences to the family of Natina Reed. Natina was in the singing group Blaque and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' protege. She was the rapper in the group and is credited with writing their biggest hit, "808". She also starred in one of the Bring It On films, and was on the short lived show, V.I..P with Pamela Anderson.
Over the weekend, Natina was hit and killed by a car in Atlanta, in what was originally being reported as a 'hit and run.' A new report has surfaced today in the Atlanta journal-Constitution that counters that original report and actually says that the driver was not at fault and reported the accident to the police himself.
"As of right now, it does not appear that the driver has any fault in this event,” said police spokesman Sgt. Rich Long.
According to the police report, Natina was walking on a poorly lit piece of road on Lawrenceville Highway (U.S. 29) in Atlanta at 10:30PM on Friday night, when she was struck by a red Honda Accord. Police are still trying to determine why she was walking on the highway so late at night.
Natina, who was only 32 years old, leaves behind a 10-year old son with rapper Kurupt. The rapper was devastated by the news and released the following statement to MTV News:
"Myself and Tren, Natina's son, would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this tragic time," he said. "This is a tremendous loss to our family. Natina was a great person and I wish everyone had the opportunity to meet her and know her as I did."
Natina's parents were on the local news and say that she was distracted and on the telephone at the time she was struck. You can watch the news piece on her tragic death below:<embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=1931893076001&amp;playerID=1620628511&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAFAsZ1c~,8MkVRvW0DmbPOn4dw4SMaHgQrVsKm43k&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="486" height="412" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" swliveconnect="true" allowscriptaccess="always" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash">
R.I.P. Natina Reed.
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