For the ladies in Danity Kane, 2006 has already given them a laundry list of memorable firsts — including a #1 debut album, a major opportunity opening for a platinum star and a hit single, "Show Stopper." But last week, as they were en route from a radio interview to a performance in Toledo, Ohio, they added another — and slightly less awesome — first to that list.
"We had our first car accident together," D. Kane's Aubrey O'Day told MTV News on Thursday (October 19). "We really haven't been sleeping all that much [since the accident], and it's been a very trying time for all of us. But we're all recovering well and we're ready to get back out there."
Exactly one week earlier, four of the five members of Danity Kane had just left Toledo's 92.5 KISS-FM and were on their way to a soundcheck at Headliners — the club they were scheduled to perform at later that evening — when the black Lincoln Town Car they were riding in was struck by another vehicle (see "Four Members Of Diddy's Danity Kane Involved In Ohio Car Crash").
In the aftermath, O'Day and fellow DK member Shannon Bex told police they were suffering from head pain. O'Day was taken to nearby St. Vincent's Mercy Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
"The whole thing happened in slow-motion," O'Day said. "It was very scary."
DK were forced to cancel their performance that evening, as well as the following night's gig in Rochester, Michigan. But now, with a week to recover, they're already getting ready to return to the stage, with a live performance on the "Today" show (with mentor Diddy) on Friday morning and a show in Louisville, Kentucky, that evening.
And though the accident was frightening, the girls — who pilot a "rainbow Cadillac" down a Los Angeles street and celebrate car culture in their "Show Stopper" video — say that ultimately it was a positive experience. "I believe everything happens for a reason," Dawn Richard said. "We had to go through this accident. It's brought us all closer."
"I promise you, in the days since it happened, we've gotten a newfound appreciation for everything that's happened to us," Bex added. "We've just been reminiscing about the videos we've gotten to do, our upcoming tour — all these really good moments."
Danity Kane, along with the Pussycat Dolls, have been tapped to open for Christina Aguilera on her upcoming Back to Basics tour, which is scheduled to kick off on February 20 in Houston (see "Christina Aguilera's Heading Back On Tour For 41 North American Dates").