Rapper Cassidy Critically Injured In Car Accident

Philadelphia rapper

Cassidy is in critical condition, after an accident last night (Oct. 4) in New

Jersey. The

rapper was leaving New Jersey enroute for a Yonkers, New York recording studio,

when a U-Haul truck swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into Cassidy's side

of the SUV he was riding in. "He

was the only one that suffered critical injuries," a representative for Cassidy's

label Sony/BMG told AllHipHop.com. "[He suffered] a fractured skull and broken

bones on the left side of his face."The

rapper is heavily sedated, but his brain activity is normal. He is expected to

recover from his injuries. "Cass

is like my brother, and this has been such a rough year for him," Swizz Beatz

said in a statement. "We're all praying and staying positive during this

time. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, and please keep Cassidy

and his family in your prayers."The

four other passengers in the vehicle escaped injury.Cassidy

is being held at an undisclosed hospital in the New York City area. The

rapper rose to fame with the release of his first solo single 2004's "Hotel,"

which featured R. Kelly. The

single was taken from his debut Split Personality, which landed at No.

2 on Billboard's Top 200 upon its release in March of 2004. In

June of 2005, just as Cassidy was preparing his sophomore album I'm a Hustla,

he was arrested and charged with the murder of a 22-year-old man Desmond Hawkins,

after a shootout behind his Philadelphia row home in April. During

Cassidy's trial, a key prosecution witness recanted his statements about witnessing

the rapper firing a gun and claimed police told him what to say. In

Jan. 2006, Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of

aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime. Police

said they found ammunition in Cassidy's house which matched shell casings recovered

from the crime scene. Cassidy

was released from prison in March of 2006, after serving eight months behind bars.


rapper was working on his third album for Swizz Beatz' Full Surface label, which

is distributed by J Records. Shortly

after his release, the rapper told AllHipHop.com that he had learned from his

experiences over the past year and was on a much different course."I’m

more patient, humble," Cassidy told AllHipHop.com in March 2006. "I’ve

got a better relationship with God and my family. I know my real friends. I just

learned so much from it. I was able to clear my mind up – not drink and smoke

and party and not deal with the business every day. I was able to think –

get my priorities together. I came to the conclusion of where I wanna go and the

type of artist I wanna be." Cassidy

was recently featured on the Swizz Beatz' produced song "One Day," which

was produced in conjunction with the International Peace Concert.Cassidy

was to perform the song with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

and Lyfe Jennings during the International Peace Concert, which airs live from

the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on December 9th.