The Gwinnett County Police Department is seeking additional information to help explain the accidental death of Natina Reed of late-90s girl group Blaque. According to authorities, there are no other witnesses to the car accident other than the driver and passenger in the red Honda Accord that hit Reed.
“We’re just trying to figure out why [Natina] went out into traffic like she did,” Gwinnett County police spokesperson Corporal Edwin Ritter told MTV News. “We don’t know why it happened, but we are looking into it now. If anyone can help us determine why she was there or explain why this happened, we’d like to speak to them.”
Reed was struck and killed late Friday while walking across Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road, which is just north of Lilburn, a Georgia suburb north of Atlanta. The driver of the vehicle contacted police to report the accident. Rescue response performed CPR on the artist/songwriter at the scene before she was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m.
“The driver who hit her is not being charged,” Ritter told MTV News. “It was an accident, that’s all it is. It was not a hit and run.”
Reed is best remembered as one-third of the Atlanta-based girl act that broke ground in the industry in 1999 with Billboard Hot 100-charting hits such as “Bring It All to Me,” which featured ’NSYNC’s JC Chasez and “808” from the trio’s self-titled debut album Blaque. The beautiful rapper/singer also parlayed her musical success into an acting career, starring in the 2000 hit comedy “Bring It On” along with her group members. She was a protégé of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who also left behind a girl group, TLC, in 2002.
Reed is survived by her 10-year old son, Tren Brown, whom she had with rapper Kurupt. She was engaged to the MC in the early 2000s, but the couple never married.
Reed would have turned 33 on Sunday. On Sunday evening, the rapper born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown expressed his grief for his son’s mother and thanked fans for their outpouring of well-wishes in a statement to MTV News.
“Myself and Tren, Natina’s son, would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this tragic time,” Kurupt 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.”
According to a joint statement released by bandmates Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe, Blaque officially reunited this fall and were in the process of working on a new album and reality show. No official word on whether either project was completed or will see a release date.