A 22-year-old Alabama woman, charged with hitting a another car head-on while street racing and killing the driver, released a livestreamed a profanity-laced video on Facebook denying responsibility for the crash and instead blaming the 52-year-old grandmother who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle.
Carmesia Flannigan has been charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance in the early Sunday morning crash that killed Brandy Ballard as she was driving to work. The crash happened at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday when Flannigan reportedly crossed the center line, police said. Ballard was pronounced dead at the scene.
Flannigan was arrested on Monday evening and released posted the video following her release on $175,000 bond Tuesday afternoon. The seven-minute video, which featured Flannigan responding to questions posted in real time and her mother defending her daughter, was taken down from Facebook, according to AL.com, but it was reposted to YouTube.
Flannigan’s mother is heard in the video saying emphatically that her daughter wasn’t racing and that she knew that was true because she wouldn’t lie to her. Flannigan denied the police version of events, saying “That old ass lady swerved in my lane.”
Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Jason Wilson filed bond revocation motions Wednesday morning for two earlier cases in which Flannigan was awaiting trial. She was to refrain from any criminal activity as a condition of her release in those cases — a domestic violence charge from earlier this year and a burglary charge from last year. Wilson wrote that she violated those conditions by racing on Arkadelphia Road in excess of the speed limit, then recklessly crossing the center line, and strike Ballard’s car head on.
“The defendant then fled the scene and falsely reported to law enforcement that her vehicle had been stolen and that she, the defendant, was in Atlanta,” he wrote. “The defendant was apprehended by law enforcement and her blood was drawn to be submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.”
Flannigan insisted that she was falsely accused. “But I’m not mad. I handle my s*** like a motherf******* OG would,” she said. “Yeah, she dead. She dead, but I didn’t do it. She did it to her motherf****** self because she ran into me.”
Ballard’s family was both furious and hurt by the video.
“I was so mad I cried,” said Tabatha Moore, Ballard’s niece. “It’s very frustrating. It’s humiliating.”
“There’s no remorse,” Moore said. “There’s no heart involved. I want it stopped.”
Ballard was a beloved grandmother to five children and a home healthcare worker.
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[Featured image: Brandy Ballard/GoFundMe]