Movie director involved in ped death
LOS ANGELES 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, 39, immediately stopped his car and waited for police to arrive after the accident Thursday night in the citys 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.Other details were not immediately released, and an after-hours call to Singletons agent was not immediately returned.Singleton, whose debut film, 1991s Boyz N The Hood, earned him two Oscar nominations, has also directed Poetic Justice, Shaft, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. He was the producer of Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and the just-released Illegal Tender.