John Singleton Involved in Fatal Car Accident


According to The Associated Press, Oscar-nominated director John Singleton was driving a Lexus SUV when it struck and killed a jaywalker who stepped in front of the car, police said Friday.

Singleton immediately stopped his car and waited for police to arrive after the accident Thursday night in Los Angeles’ Jefferson Park neighborhood, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.

“Mr. Singleton stopped and identified himself as required by law and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” Lee said. “He was questioned and released.”

The woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead Friday morning, Lee said. She was identified as Constance Russell, 57, of Los Angeles.

Singleton, whose debut film, 1991’s Boyz N The Hood, earned him two Oscar nominations, has also directed Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. He was the producer of Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and the just-released Illegal Tender.