Passenger Reveals the Truth About Teddy Pendergrass' Tragic Accident

Tenika Watson was riding with soul singer Teddy Pendergrass when he had an accident that left him paralyzed. Watson has suffered scrutiny because she is a trans woman and former prostitute, and this appearance on Oprah: Where Are They Now? is the first time she's been able to tell her side of the story.

Watson had just met Pendergrass at a Philadelphia nightclub when he offered to give her a ride home.

She explains:

First the car started speeding up really fast. And I was wondering is he driving fast. But he wasn’t. It was out of control. And I noticed he was struggling with the wheel and all of a sudden I heard this great big bang. Next thing I know the press was there and I got into the ambulance with him and I helped him as much as I could.

I had contusions from the impact and I had a chipped tooth, which is nothing compared to him.

I didn’t find out Teddy was paralyzed until it got in the paper. I tried to reach out to him right after the accident. I went to the hospital where he was and there was a woman there. And she said, ‘You’re not going to see him before his son does.’ And she caused this big scene and I just left.

Kimberly Foster is the founder and editor of For Harriet. Email or


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