Posted: 10:24 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Parents of singer say cellphone may be factor in her death

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By Carl Willis

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —

The parents of Atlanta R&B singer Natina Reed are asking for information about the accident that claimed their daughter's life Friday night.

Reed is known for her work with the singing group Blaque, and for her roles in films such as "Bring it On."

"She was full of life, tenacity and a visionary always a visionary and very good at what she did," said Reed's mother, Tamara Goodridge.

"Even her acting you could see the light of what she was trying to communicate," added her father, Paul Reed. "Her acting was so profound that you believed the story."

Police said no charges are pending against the driver who hit Reed on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road, just north of Lilburn.

They said the driver stopped and called for help, and her passenger performed CPR.

Police want to know where Reed was coming from Friday night and where she was headed.

Reed's parents invited Channel 2's Carl Willis into their home Sunday, on the day that would have been their daughter's 33rd birthday, because they also want to the full story behind how she died. 

"We're not looking to be victims," Tamara Goodridge. "We're not seeking to be angry, but we do need a resolve."

Reed's parents said they found information about one possible contributing factor. 

"She was on the phone," said Reed's father. "She was walking across the street on the phone, and the next thing she's on the floor."

"I'm sure it played a big part in it, so I'm asking anyone who will view this tape to please be conscientious of the cellphones," said Goodridge.

Reed was a protege of TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who also died in a tragic accident..

Goodridge said her daughter's death was eerily similar.

"It was right before Lisa's birthday and here it is now. We're facing it again," she said.

Reed's parents told Willis they are creating a foundation to benefit Natina's 10-year-old son Tren.

They are also working on a public wake and funeral scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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