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 city’s 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 Singleton’s agent was not immediately returned.
Singleton, whose debut film, 1991’s “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.”
Prescription: The best thing to do when tragedy strikes is to be honest and follow the rules. Kudos to Singleton for doing the right thing and taking responsibility. Since this happened over the weekend, I’m sure we will be getting a formal statement any minute expressing remorse from his publicist. It’s NEVER good when a life is lost but this fatal accident and Singleton’s remorseful actions may garner new fans and drive ticket sales.