A man was killed and five others were injured Sunday when a car driven by rhythm and blues singer Luther Vandross swerved out of control in the Hollywood Hills.
Vandross, 34, who was nominated for a Grammy award Thursday, was driving north on Laurel Canyon Boulevard about a mile south of Ventura Boulevard at 12:15 p.m. when the three-car crash occurred, Los Angeles police Sgt. Dennis Ruegsegger said.
Based on evidence of excessive speed, Ruegsegger said, police have filed a recommendation with the district attorney's office that Vandross, who suffered broken ribs and several cuts and bruises, be charged with felony manslaughter.
The accident occurred when Vandross' Mercedes-Benz crossed a double-yellow line, turned sideways and crashed into two southbound cars, Ruegsegger said. The dead man was a passenger in Vandross' car, police said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office was not immediately able to identify him.