Prosecutors weighing a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Caitlyn Jenner are trying to determine whether her negligence caused a fatal vehicle crash earlier this year, a legal analyst told TODAY on Friday. Approaching a stop light, Jenner steered to avoid cars slowing for the light on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Jenner caused the crash by driving too fast and rear-ending a near stationary auto in front, which sent it spinning into incoming traffic.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department plan to recommend prosecutors file a vehicular manslaughter charge against Ms Jenner.
In May, Howe’s adult stepchildren said they filed a civil lawsuit against Jenner. Curry said Steindorff was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash, and she could be charged with that crime.
According to Det. Richard Curry of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept., since detectives uncovered “nothing really egregious” in their investigation, he says there’s a “50/50” chance Jenner will be charged. The report found Caitlyn was at fault for violating the vehicular manslaughter law, and that could result in a year in prison! “I am praying for them”.
Daniel W. Vomhof, an accident reconstructionist who has testified in 3,500 cases, said that because Jenner has no prior record, she would likely not face jail time if convicted.
At the time of the incident, it was reported Jenner was driving her Cadillac Escalade and towing a dune buggy when she rear-ended a Lexus being driven by Howe.
Jenner’s publicist, Alan Neirob, said the “I Am Cait” star had no comment on the DA getting the case.
Caitlyn Jenner, known as Bruce at the time of the accident, offered her “deepest sympathies” to those involved and their loved ones in the wake of the collision.
Jenner released a statement after the accident, saying, “It is a devastating tragedy”. As Bruce, Jenner was the 1976 Olympic decathlon.