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Film director kills woman in 'tragic accident,' police say

August 25, 2007|From a Times staff writer

An SUV driven by film director John Singleton struck and fatally injured a woman as she walked across a Los Angeles street in what was apparently a "tragic accident," a police spokesman said Friday.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Singleton was driving west on Jefferson Boulevard near 5th Avenue when his Lexus SUV hit Constance Russell, 57, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jason Lee. Russell was not in a crosswalk, he said.

Russell died at a hospital Friday morning.

Singleton, whose films include "Boyz N the Hood" and "Four Brothers," was not cited. "It doesn't appear at this time that any charges will be brought," Lee said, adding that a preliminary investigation determined the director had not been speeding and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Singleton could not be reached for comment.

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