Caitlyn Jenner might face manslaughter charge for role in fatal crash
LOS ANGELES — Investigators say Caitlyn Jenner violated the basic speed law when she was involved in a four-vehicle crash in Malibu that resulted in another woman’s death, according to a case expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week, Sheriff’s Department officials said Thursday.
Investigators have remained neutral and do not plan to recommend misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges be filed against Jenner, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Curry told KTLA.
However, the Associated Press reports the Sheriff’s Department does plan to recommend a manslaughter charge.
A case against another surviving driver who was not in possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash was also expected to be presented, Curry told KTLA.
Jenner was driving one of four vehicles involved in the Feb. 7 crash that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Kim Howe.
Five children and two adults were hospitalized after the crash, which occurred on Highway 1 near Corral Canyon Road.
Jenner, a reality TV star and former Olympic athlete, was not injured.
A vehicular manslaughter investigation into the cause of the crash was opened days after, CNN reported at the time. The investigation planned to focus on all parties involved.
In May, Howe’s adult stepchildren said they filed a civil lawsuit against Jenner.
The suit called for unspecified damages and the cost of the suit.
At the time of the crash, a blue Prius slowed or stopped for unknown reasons and was hit by a white Lexus driven by Howe, Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Philip Brooks said at the time.
Jenner’s black Escalade, which was towing a trailer with an all-terrain vehicle on it, then plowed into Howe’s Lexus, pushing it into oncoming traffic.
The Lexus was struck by an oncoming Hummer, and Howe died at the scene, Brooks said.
All three surviving drivers were cooperating with the investigation, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Parker tweeted the day of the crash.
Jenner passed a voluntary field sobriety test and did not at first appear to be at fault, Brooks said that same day.
A day after the crash, Jenner released the following statement:
“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident,” the statement read. “It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”
At the time of the crash, Caitlyn Jenner was known as Bruce Jenner. She spoke for the first time publicly about being transgender in April.
Jenner gained worldwide attention at the 1976 Olympic decathlon when she made a world record score for the 10-discipline event.
She has continued to gain notoriety since, appearing in commercials and on TV, including reality shows “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “I Am Cait.”