LOS ANGELES — Former New Orleans Hornets forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.
The Range Rover crashed around 2:30 a.m. in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare.
Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his vehicle jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. The vehicle came to rest inside a shopping mall parking lot.
Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Autopsies were pending.
Butler, who was drafted No. 53 overall out of La Salle by the Miami Heat in 2002, played for eight NBA teams over his 13-year career. He was a member of the New Orleans Hornets from 2005-09. The team changed its name to the Pelicans beginning in 2013.
"The Pelicans are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle," the statement reads. "Rasual was a consummate professional and a kind, caring and passionate person who was endeared in the New Orleans community. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones."
He had career averages of 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.