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Movie Director John Singleton Involved in Deadly Car Crash


Film director John Singleton was involved in a deadly crash in Los Angeles.

Police say the Oscar-nominated director of Boyz N The Hood was driving his Lexus sport utility vehicle on August 23 in the city's Jefferson Park neighborhood, when it struck and killed a female jaywalker who stepped in front of the car.

Police spokesman Officer Jason Lee said the 39-year-old Singleton immediately stopped his car and waited for officers to arrive.

"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."

Lee said the woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead on August 24. She was identified as Constance Russell, 57, of Los Angeles. Other details were not released, and Singleton's agent did not immediately return an after-hours call.

John Singleton, whose 1991 debut film Boyz N The Hood, earned him two Academy Award nominations, has also directed Poetic Justice, Shaft, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. He has produced Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, and the just-released Illegal Tender.

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